Licinius

Maximinus II 308 – 313 A.D.

The nephew of Galerius, Maximinus "Daia" was chosen as his eastern Caesar under the shaky Tetrarchy of Diocletian. He was sent to oversee Syria and Egypt where he awaited his turn at being emperor of the east half of the empire. Unfortunately for him, the western Caesar, Severus II, was defeated by the usurper Maxentius. This in turn forced Galerius to name Licinius as his replacement. Galerius died in 311 and Licinius, not Maximinus, was elevated to Augustus totally sidelining Maximinus who was the senior Caesar. Maximinus was upset about this, to say the least, but somehow or other he and Licinius...

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Martinian 324 A.D.

Martinian was a short-lived emperor appointed to the post to symbolically disfranchise Constantine. Constantine and Licinius met in battle with the latter suffering a resounding defeat. Licinius and Martinian fled to Byzantium. Constantine chased them both here and another battle was fought and again they were defeated. The two were captured and exiled separately where sometime later they were executed.   AE Follis RIC 16 Follis Obv: IMCSMARMARTINIANVSPFAVS - Radiate, draped bust right. Rev: IOVICONSERVATORI Exe: SMK - Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe and scepter; eagle...

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Constantia c.290 – c.330 A.D.

Wife of Licinius, daughter of Constantius I and sister of Constantine I. The political marriage between the two was effected to ease tensions between the two great rivals and for a long time it served the purpose well. When Licinius was beaten for the last time Constantia was able to have her husband's death sentence lifted thanks to her appeals and the love Constantine had for her. Licinius would be despatched shortly afterwards on trumped up charges but the short reprieve was all thanks to Constantia's efforts. Constantia also takes an active role in the early Christian church finding favor...

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