History by Pictures – 2. Constantine

He is one of the most fascinating characters of ancient Rome. Some historians say that he was the illegitimate son of an innkeeper. What is certain is that his father was the general of one of the four parts into which the empire had been divided.

When the father died, he was acclaimed emperor in York and while Maxentius declared himself emperor, he reunited all the north-western lands in his hands and established his headquarters in Trier.

The decisive clash with Maxentius took place in the famous battle of the Milvian Bridge, then just outside Rome.

Constantine, the absolute master of the West, entered Rome as a triumphant man, exhibiting Maxentius’ head on a lance.

He was depicted in a giant statue (now in the Capitoline Museums) once located in a civil basilica, a kind of prefecture built by Maxentius.

The colossal statue of Constantine is a kind of visual example of a message that was to be strong and clear: “I am the emperor!



Posted by Sara Pandozzi

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