People - Ancient Rome: Licinius
Born Valerius Licinianus Licinius, he was Roman Emperor from 308 to 324.
Licinius in Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities
A Roman emperor, ruling A.D. 307-324. He was a Dacian peasant
by birth, and was raised to the rank of Augustus by the
emperor Galerius. He afterwards had the dominion of the East.
He carried on war first with Maximinus II., whom he defeated
A.D. 314, and subsequently with Constantine, by whom he was in
his turn defeated, 315. A second war broke out between
Licinius and Constantine in 323, in which Licinius was not
only defeated, but deprived of his throne. In the following
year he was put to death by Constantine, 324. See
Licinius in Roman Biography
Li-cin'i-us, (or le-sin'e-us,) (Flavius Valerius,)
(called by some writers Pub'lius Fla'vius Gale'rius
Valeria'nus Licinia'nus,) a Roman emperor, born in
Dacia about 263 A.D., was originally a peasant. He rose
to the rank of general in the army, and gained the favour
of Galerius, who in 307 made him a partner in the
empire, with the title of Augustus. In 313 he married
Constantia, sister of Constantine the Great, and, having
defeated Maximin, became master of all the Eastern
provinces. A war soon ensued between him and Constantine,
which ended in the complete defeat of Licinius
at Chalcedon, near Byzantium, in 323. He was put to
death by order of the victor in 324 a.d. He was notorious
for cruelty and other vices.
See Gibbon, "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."
Licinius in Wikipedia
Valerius Licinianus Licinius (c. 263 – 325), commonly known as Licinius, was Roman Emperor from 308 to 324.
Born to a Dacian (Thracian) peasant family in Moesia Superior, Licinius accompanied his close childhood
friend, the future emperor Galerius, on the Persian expedition in 297. After the death of Flavius Valerius
Severus, Galerius elevated Licinius to the rank of Augustus in the West on November 11, 308. He received as his
immediate command the provinces of Illyricum, Thrace and Pannonia.
On the death of Galerius, in May 311, Licinius shared the eastern empire with Maximinus Daia, the Hellespont and
the Bosporus being the dividing line.
In March 313 he married Flavia Julia Constantia, half-sister of Constantine, at Mediolanum (now Milan); they had
a son, Licinius the Younger, in 315. Their marriage was the occasion for the jointly-issued "Edict of Milan" that
restored confiscated properties to Christian congregations and allowed Christianity to be professed in the
In the following month, on April 30, Licinius inflicted a decisive defeat on Maximinus at the Battle of
Tzirallum, after Maximinus had tried attacking him. Then, Licinius established himself master of the East, while
his brother-in-law, Constantine, was supreme in the West.
In 314, a civil war erupted between Licinius and Constantine, in which Constantine prevailed at the Battle of
Cibalae in Pannonia (October 8, 314) and again two years later, when Licinius named Valerius Valens co-emperor,
in the plain of Mardia (also known as Campus Ardiensis) in Thrace. The emperors were reconciled after these two
battles and Licinius had his co-emperor Valens killed.
Licinius' fleet of 350 ships was defeated by Constantine I's fleet in 323. In 324, Constantine, tempted by the
"advanced age and unpopular vices" of his colleague, again declared war against him, and, having defeated his
army of 170,000 men at the Battle of Adrianople (July 3, 324), succeeded in shutting him up within the walls of
Byzantium. The defeat of the superior fleet of Licinius in the Battle of the Hellespont by Crispus, Constantine’s
eldest son and Caesar, compelled his withdrawal to Bithynia, where a last stand was made; the Battle of
Chrysopolis, near Chalcedon (September 18), resulted in Licinius' final submission. While Licinius' co-emperor
Sextus Martinianus was killed, Licinius himself was spared due to the pleas of his wife, Constantine's sister,
and interned at Thessalonica. The next year, Constantine had him killed, accusing him of conspiring to raise
troops among the barbarians.
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