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832 CONSTANTINUS. CONST ANTIN US.
1. Constantinus, murdered by the emperor Constan-tius II.; no issue known.
2. Dalmatius Flavins Hannibalianus ; time of death unknown.
A Son, killed by the emperor Constantius II. in 341.
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325 ; Caesar, 34] ; disobedient ; daugh-
put to death by the emperor Con- ter, mar-
stantius II. near Pola, in Istria, in riedthe
354 ; married Constantina, widow emperor
of Hannibalianus and eldest daugh- Constan-
ter of Constantine the Great. tins.
4. Julianus, surnamed the Apostate; born 332(?); Caesar, 355 ; succeeded Constantius in 361; killed in the Persian war, 26th of June, 363. Married Helena, Flavia Maximiana, youngest . daughter of Constantine the Great ; left issue whose fate is unknown.
4. Cons tan tia or Constantina [CoN- 5. Anastasia, married Bassianus Caesar, 6. Eutropia, mar- stantia] Flavia Valeria, married and after his death, probably, Lucius Ra- ried Popilius Ne- in 313 Valeria Liciniamis Licinius, mius Aconitus Optatus, consul. potianus, consul. Augustus; died between 328 and 330.
Constantine was born in the month of February, A. d. 272. There are many different opinions respecting his birth-place; but it is most probable, and it is now generally believed, that he was born at Naissus, now Nissa, a well-known town in Dardania or the upper and southern part of Moesia Superior.*
Constantine was distinguished by the choicest gifts of nature, but his education was chiefly military. When his father obtained the supreme command in Gaul, Britain, and Spain, he did not accompany him, but remained with the emperor Diocletian as a kind of hostage for the fidelity of his parent, and he attended that emperor on his celebrated expedition in.Egypt. After the capture of Alexandria and the pacification of that country in A. d. 296, Constantine served under Galerius in the Persian war, which resulted in the conquest and final cession to the Romans of Iberia, Armenia, Mesopotamia, and the adjoining countries, for which Diocletian and Maximian celebrated a triumph in Rome in 303. In these wars Constantine distinguished himself so much by personal courage as well as by higher military talents, that he became the favourite of the army, and was as a reward appointed tribunus militum of the first class. But he was not allowed to enjoy quietly the honours which he so justly deserved. In his
* Stephanus Byzantinus (s. v. Ncu crop's) calls this town KrtV/m Kol irarpls Kowcrravrivov rod /SaoriAccos, meaning by Krfcr^a that that town was enlarged and embellished by Constantine, which was the case. The opinion that Constantine was born in Britain is ably refuted in Schopflin's dissertation, " Constantinus Magnus non fuit Britan-nus," contained in the author's " Commentationes Historicae," Basel, 1741, 4to.
position as a kind of hostage he was exposed to the machinations of the ambitious, the jealous, and the designing; and the dangers by which he was surrounded increased after the abdication of Diocletian and Maximian and the accession of his father and Galerius as emperors (a. d. 305). He continued to live in the East under the eyes of Galerms, whose jealousy of the superior qualities of Constantine was so great, that he meditated his ruin by exposing him to personal dangers, from which Constantine, however, escaped unhurt. In such circumstances he was compelled to cultivate and improve his natural prudence and sagacity, and to accustom himself to that reserve and discretion to which he afterwards owed a considerable part of his greatness, and which was the more remarkable in him as he was naturally of a most lively disposition. The jealousy of Galerius became conspicuous when he conferred the dignity of Caesar upon his sons, Severus and Maximin, a dignit}'- to which Constantine seemed to be entitled by his birth and merits, but which was withheld from him by Galerius and not conferred upon him by his father. In this, however, Constantius Chlorus acted wisely, for as his son was still in the hands of Galerms, he would have caused his immediate ruin had he proclaimed him Caesar; so that if Constantine spoke of disappointment he could only feel disappointed at not being in the camp of his father. To bring him thither became now the great object of the policy of both father and son. Negotiations were carried on for that purpose with Galerius, who, aware of the consequences of the departure of Constantine, delayed his consent by every means in his power, till at last his pretexts were exhausted, and he was obliged to allow him to join his father. Justly afraid of being detained once more, or of being cut