Milvian Bridge AD 312

Constantine's battle for Empire and Faith

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Milvian Bridge AD 312

Constantine's battle for Empire and Faith

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1,700 years ago, the emperor Constantine marched on Rome to free Italy from the tyrant Maxentius and reunify the Roman Empire. The army marched from Gaul in the spring of AD 312 and fought its way across the Empire. The defining moment of the campaign was the battle of the Milvian Bridge.
This highly illustrated book examines how Maxentius's poor choice of battleground ultimately doomed his army to defeat. Forced back toward the river by Constantine, the prospect of death by drowning caused panic to tear through Maxentius's army, who broke and fled for the bridge of boats. Constantine pressed his advantage and broke through the Praetorian rear guard, forcing even more fleeing troops onto the already overcrowded bridges, which foundered and plunged thousands of soldiers, including Maxentius himself, into the waters. Constantine was victorious--and his march into Rome marked the first step in the conversion of the Roman Empire into a Christian state.

Table of Contents

Introduction/Chronology/Opposing commanders/Opposing armies/Opposing plans/The campaign/Aftermath/The battlefield today/Further reading/Index

Product details

Published Jul 19 2016
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472813817
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 35 b/w; 47 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 296
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Seán Ó’Brógáin

Seán Ó’Brógáin lives and works in Donegal, I…

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