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Maxentius was

Preceded by Severus (not Septimius)
and Maximinus Daia

Succeeded by Constantine

Son of (and co-emperor with) Maximian

Son in law of Galerius


  Photos by Bill Storage and Laura Maish
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  Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius was a Roman emperor from 306 to 312, when he was defeated and killed in battle against Constantine. The portraiture of Maxentius has nearly all been destroyed or converted into portraiture of Constantine. A giant statue of Maxentius once stood in the Basilica Nuova, but was then recarved into Constantine. These fingers and toes once belonged to Maxentius. See the topic on Constantine for details.

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Gold aureus of Maxentius as caesar.
Metropolitan Museum of Art


Copyright 2007 Bill Storage and Laura Maish. Created 10/13/2007