The Decline

Period Overview

Aurelian’s Campaign in the East

AD 272/273 by ‘Emperor Aurelianus’ Background to the Conflict The conflict between Zenobia of Palmyra and Aurelian took place for the most part in 272ad, in the second year of …

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Emperor Constantine the Great

Life: AD c. 285 – 337 Constantine the Great was born in Naissus, Upper Moesia, on 27 February in roughly AD 285. Another account places the year at about AD …

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Emperor Licinius

Life: AD c. 250 – 324 Licinius’s Early Life Licinius was born in Upper Moesia in about AD 250 as the son of a peasant. He rose through the ranks …

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Emperor Maximinus Daza

Life: AD 270 – 313 Name: Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximinus Born 20 November AD 270 in the Danubian region. Became emperor in 1 August AD 310. Wife: unknown (one daughter; …

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Emperor Maxentius

Life: AD c. 279 – 312 Name: Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius Born in AD ca. 279 possibly in Syria. Became emperor in 28 October AD 306. Wife: Valeria Maximilla (two …

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Flavius Valerius Severus - "Severus II" Coin

Emperor Severus II

Life: AD ? – 307 Name: Flavius Valerius Severus Born in the Danubian region, date unknown. Became emperor in August AD 306. Wife: (1) unknown (one son; Severus). Died at …

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Emperor Galerius

Life: AD c. 250 – 311 Name: Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus Born AD ca. 250 at Florentiniana, Upper Moesia. Became emperor in 1 May AD 305. Wife: (1) Galeria Valeria …

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Emperor Constantius Chlorus

Life: AD c. 250 – 306 Name: Flavius Julius Constantius Born 31 March AD ca. 250 in Illyricum. Became emperor in 1 May AD 305. Wife: (1) Helena (one son; …

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Emperor Carausius

Life: AD ? – 293 Name: Mausaeus Carausius Born in Menapia, date unknown. Became emperor in AD 286/7. Died AD 293. Mausaeus Carausius was born to a humble family in …

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Emperor Maximian

Life: AD c. 250 – 310 Name: Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus Born 21 July AD ca 250. Consul AD 287, 288, 290, 293, 297, 299, 303, 304, 307. Became emperor …

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Emperor Diocletian

Life: AD 240 – 311 Diocletian’s Early Life Born probably near Spalatum (Split) with the name Diocles on 22 December AD 240 or 245, he was the son of a …

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