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Roman emperor from 306 to 312 (Marcus Valerius Maxentius; 279 – Oct 28, 312). The son of Emperor Maximianus, Maxentius was excluded from the line of succession in 305, ursurped power in Rome in 306, suspended the persecutions of Christians (I) soon thereafter, fell out with his reactivated father in 307, and allied with Constantine against Galerius; he broke with Constantine in the middle of the year 310. The conditional freedom of religion granted to the Christians by Galerius in 311 was surpassed by Maxentius. Following Constantine's invasion of Ita…

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Hahn, Johannes, “Maxentius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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