Battle of Adrianople (324)

Battle of Adrianople
Part of Wars of Constantine I
DateJuly 3, 324
Locationnear Byzantium
ResultConstantinian victory
Combatants
Constantiniansforces of Licinius
Commanders
Constantine ILicinius
Strength
170,000150,000
Casualties
30,000 dead


The Battle of Adrianople was fought on July 3, 324 between the armies of Constantine I and Licinius.

Constantine and his army were chasing some Sarmatians that had crossed over the Danube River into Licinius's territory. This was obviously meant to provoke Licinius into battle. Constantine's army was fewer in number, but contained many battle-hardened veterans. Constantine won the battle, and Licinius was forced to retreat inside the walls of Byzantium. On the understanding his life would be spared, Licinius surrendered, however he was executed the following year.

Constantine's effort to start a civil war was successful, as was his campaign against Licinius. Constantine defeated Licinius twice, first at Adrianople in Thrace, and then at Chrysopolis on the Bosporus. Initially, yielding to the pleas of Constantia, Constantine spared the life of his brother-in-law, but some months later he ordered his execution, breaking his solemn oath. Before too long the younger Licinius, too, fell victim to Constantine's anger or suspicions. Constantine was now the sole and undisputed master of the Roman world. He was then free to found his 'New Rome' at Byzantium, a capital that was to be free of the republican and Pagan past of the 'Old Rome'.
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Events

  • 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium.

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Constantine I
Emperor of the Roman Empire

Head of Constantine's colossal statue at the Capitoline Museums
Reign 306 - 312 (hailed as Augustus in the West, officially made Caesar by Galerius with Severus as Augustus, by agreement with Maximian, refused
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Licinius
Augustus in the East

Coin featuring Licinius
Reign 11 November 308 - 311 (as Augustus in the west, with Galerius in the east);
311 - 313 (joint Augustus with Maximinus)
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Constantine I
Emperor of the Roman Empire

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Reign 306 - 312 (hailed as Augustus in the West, officially made Caesar by Galerius with Severus as Augustus, by agreement with Maximian, refused
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Battle of Turin was fought in 312 between Constantine and the troops his rival for the purple, Maxentius. Constantine won this battle near Turin, and went on to win his more famous victory at Milvian Bridge.
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Battle of Verona was fought in 312 between the forces of Constantine I and Maxentius. Maxentius's forces were defeated, and Ruricius Pompeianus, one of his commanders, was killed in the fighting.
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Battle of the Milvian Bridge took place on October 28, 312, between the Roman Emperors Constantine I and Maxentius. Constantine won the battle and started on the path that led him to end the Tetrarchy and become the only ruler of the Roman Empire.
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Battle of Cibalae was fought on October 8, 314 (or perhaps as late as 316, the chronology is spotty), between the forces of Constantine I and Licinius, roughly 200 miles within the territory of Licinius. Constantine won a decisive victory despite being outnumbered.
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Battle of Mardia, also known as Battle of Campus Ardiensis, was fought in late 316/early 317 between the forces of Roman Emperors Constantine I and Licinius. Constantine won the battle, and, according to a peace signed on 1 March 317, Licinius ceded territory to him, and had
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Battle of the Hellespont was fought in 324 between a Constantinian fleet led by Flavius Julius Crispus and a larger fleet loyal to Licinius. Despite being outnumbered, Crispus won the day.
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Battle of Chrysopolis was fought on 18 September 324 in Chrysopolis (Üsküdar), near Chalcedon (Kadıköy), between Constantine I and Licinius. The defeat of Licinius left Constantine the only emperor, and thus ended the Tetrarchy.
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July 3 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

Events

  • 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium.

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4th century · 5th century
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Constantine I
Emperor of the Roman Empire

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Reign 306 - 312 (hailed as Augustus in the West, officially made Caesar by Galerius with Severus as Augustus, by agreement with Maximian, refused
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Licinius
Augustus in the East

Coin featuring Licinius
Reign 11 November 308 - 311 (as Augustus in the west, with Galerius in the east);
311 - 313 (joint Augustus with Maximinus)
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Sarmatians, Sarmatae or Sauromatae were a people originally of Iranian stock.[1] Mentioned by classical authors, they migrated from Central Asia to the Ural Mountains around 5th century B.C.
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Danube
Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunărea
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This article is about the city. See also Byzantine Empire.
Byzantium (Greek: Βυζάντιον) was an ancient Greek city, which, according to legend, was founded by Greek colonists from Megara in 667 BC and named
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Battle of Chrysopolis was fought on 18 September 324 in Chrysopolis (Üsküdar), near Chalcedon (Kadıköy), between Constantine I and Licinius. The defeat of Licinius left Constantine the only emperor, and thus ended the Tetrarchy.
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