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(Valerius Licinianus Licinius; c. 250, Dacia – 325, Thessalonica), Roman emperor 308–324 ce, was the son of a peasant who became the friend and staff officer of Galerius. In 308 Diocletian promoted him to the rank of Augustus of the West. Involved in the power struggles of the tetrarchy from 311 onward, Licinius adopted a friendly attitude toward the Christians (so-called Toleration Edict of Milan, Feb 313). Having become ruler of the East after checkered military campaigns, he was defeated by Constantine the Great, banished, and then executed in 325. The anti-Christia…

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Hahn, Johannes, “Licinius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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