Maxentius, maks-en'she - us, [Fr. Maxence, mik'-
s6nss',] (Marcus AureliuSTValerius,) a Roman emperor,
was the son of Maximian, who abdicated in 305
A.D. He married the daughter of the emperor Galerius.
He thought himself slighted by the promotion of Constantine
to the rank of Caesar in 306, and excited a
revolt among the Praetorian guards, who proclaimed him
emperor at Rome in the same year. Galerius, who was
then in a distant province, sent against him an army
under Severus, who was defeated and killed by the aid
of Maximian. Maxentius and his father reigned together
for a short time, and made an alliance with Constantine,
who married Fausta, a sister of Maxentius. Maximian
was expelled from Rome in 308, in consequence of a
quarrel with his son. In 312 the army of Constantine
defeated that of Maxentius, who, in the retreat, was
drowned in the Tiber.
" Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ;" Tille-
" Histmre des Empereurs."
Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius (c. 278 – 28 October 312)
was Western Roman Emperor from 306 to 312. He was the son of
former emperor Maximian, and the son-in-law of Galerius, also
Birth and early life -
Maxentius' exact date of birth is unknown; it was probably
around 278. He was the son of the emperor Maximian and his
As his father became emperor in 285, he was regarded as crown
prince who would eventually follow his father on the throne.
He seems not to have served in any important military or
administrative position during Diocletian's and his father's
reign, though. Early (the exact date is unknown) he married
Valeria Maximilla, the daughter of Galerius. He had two sons,
Valerius Romulus (ca. 295 – 309) and an unknown one...
A Roman emperor, who ruled A.D. 306-312. He was passed over in
the division of the Empire which followed the abdication of
his father Maximianus and Diocletian in A.D. 305; but he
seized Rome, where he was proclaimed emperor in 306. He
reigned till 312, when he was defeated by Constantine at Saxa
Rubra, near Rome. He tried to escape over the Milvian Bridge
into Rome, but perished in the river. Maxentius is represented
by all historians as a monster of rapacity, cruelty, and lust.