The political and military aspects of accession of Constantine the Great

Title: The political and military aspects of accession of Constantine the Great
Source document: Graeco-Latina Brunensia. 2019, vol. 24, iss. 2, pp. 19-32
  • ISSN
    1803-7402 (print)
    2336-4424 (online)
Type: Article
The article argues that Constantine the Great, until he was recognized by Galerius, the senior Emperor of the Tetrarchy, was an usurper with no right to the imperial power, nothwithstanding his claim that his father, the Emperor Constantius I, conferred upon him the imperial title before he died. Tetrarchic principles, envisaged by Diocletian, were specifically put in place to supersede and override blood kinship. Constantine's accession to power started as a military coup in which a military unit composed of barbarian soldiers seems to have played an important role.
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