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250–325, Roman emperor. He became coemperor with Galerius, being given the rule of Illyricum (308); after the death of Galerius he added Greece and Thrace to his territories. He allied himself with Constantine I and defeated Maximin in 313, thus becoming sole ruler in the East. He subsequently quarreled with Constantine, who defeated him (314) and forced him to cede all his European territories except for Thrace. War was resumed in 324, and Constantine defeated Licinius at Adrianople and Chrysopolis. Licinius was imprisoned and eventually put to death.


(līsĭn`ēəs), Roman plebeian gens, of which several men were noteworthy. Caius Licinius Calvus Stolo, fl. 375 B.C., was tribune of the people with Lucius Sextius. Roman historians attributed to him a number of laws, but most of these were probably made at later dates. These laws, the Licinian Rogations, provided a strict limitation on the amount of public land that one person might hold and on the number of livestock that one could graze on the public land. They included also a strict regulation of the collection of debts, and, most significant politically, they ordained that one consul must be a plebeian. It is said that Licinius Stolo was later fined for violating his own law on the possession of public land. Caius Licinius Macer, d. 66 B.C., orator and historian, committed suicide after his conviction by Cicero under the law against bribery and extortion. His son, Caius Licinius Macer Calvus, 82 B.C.–c.47 B.C., poet and orator, was considered the peer of Catullus by the ancients. Only short fragments of his works remain. See also CrassusCrassus
, ancient Roman family, of the plebeian Licinian gens. It produced men who achieved great note in the 2d cent. and 1st cent. B.C.

One of the well-known members was Lucius Licinius Crassus, d. 91 B.C., a noted orator and lawyer (much admired by Cicero).
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Helena was the mother of Emperor Konstantin, who fought two great battles when he came to the throne: one against Maxentius, a tyrant in Rome, and the other against Licinius not far from Byzantium.
In April last year the ministry of cultural heritage in Italy asked for the the return of a marble funerary relief depicting the freedmen Publius Licinius Philonicus and Publius Licinius Demetrius.
His rivals, in fact, were the previous republican annalists--of whom, unfortunately, we can only judge by their fragments such as Cincius Alimentus, Coelius Antipater or Cassius Hemina from the older generation and Claudius Quadrigarius (a major source from Livy's Book 6 onwards), Valerius Antias (frequently criticised for his exaggerations), Sempronius Asellio, Cornelius Sisenna or Licinius Macer.
She was born in February 313 in the city of Milan when the Emperors Constantine and Licinius ended the persecution of the Christian church, thus denying one of the clear marks of identification between the founder of the church and her members.
(15) Following Galerius' Edict in 311, came the Edict of Milan in 313, penned by co-emperors Licinius (r.
the Roman general and politician Marcus Licinius Crassus defeated a slave uprising led by one Spartacus, a gladiator from Capua near Naples.
(21) For example, Valerius Maximus identifies the female advocate Carfania as the wife of the senator Licinius Buccio, and the female orator Hortensia as the daughter of Quintus Hortensius (Valerius Maximus 8.3.2, 8.3.3).
It was only until 313 AD when Constantine I (West) and Licinius I (East) granted tolerance to Christianity-in what is now known as the misnomered 'Edict of Milan.' Followers became free to establish churches; their properties, erstwhile appropriated from them, were restored.
The relevant wording when authorities on Hadrian's friends are disclosed is essentially the same in both the original and the expanded Pleiade editions: 'Pline le Jeune et Martial ajoutent quelques traits a l'image un peu effacee d'un Voconius ou d'un Licinius Sura,' (22) which suggests that Yourcenar felt free to draw on Pliny and Martial for her Voconius as she thought fit.