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  1. History 107 The end of the tetrarchy and the rise of Constantine

  2. Abdication • Diocletian abdicates in 305 • Diocletian retires to Split, dies in 312

  3. The new tetrarchy • Galerius (east) and Constantius Chlorus (west) become the new Augusti • Maximinus Daia (east) and Flavius Severus (west) become the new Caesars

  4. Constantine and Galerius • Constantine • Son of Constantius (by first wife) • Military fame

  5. Transition in the West • Ca. 306 - Constantine joins Constantius to fight Picts • Constantius dies, July 25, 306

  6. Politics inside and outside the tetrarchy • Maxentius (Maximian’s son) resents Constantine’s elevation

  7. More politics • Flavius Severus is murdered, 307 • Galerius proclaims Licinius new Augustus in west

  8. Dynastic politics • Mutual hatred • Political marriage

  9. Consolidating power… • Constantine (310):

  10. Galerius’ Death • 311, of cancer • Just prior to this… • Edict of Religious Toleration • Maximinus Daia tries to overthrow Licinius

  11. Constantine vs. Maxentius • 312: Constantine invades Italy • The battle of Milvian Bridge, 312

  12. Hedging Bets? • Constantine deploys connections to various deities

  13. Now there are three… • 313: • Conference of Milan

  14. Now there are two… • Licinius and Constantine • Rivalry • Conflict over religious policies

  15. Now there is one… • 323: Gothic invasion forces Constantine to trespass • 324: Licinius is defeated