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Maxentius’s Crosses: CIL VIII, 18261

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AbstractAn inscription from Numidia may contribute evidence to the debate over Constantine and the end of crucifixion in the west. The text, probably on the base of a statue, was addressed to a certain Constantine, who must have been the emperor of that name. It praises him for setting aside “the crosses and cruel wars of the tyrant” a reference, it would seem, to Maxentius’s suppression of the revolt of the usurper Alexander. It is argued in this investigation that the “crosses” refer to the penalty of crucifixion and that the text of the inscription may be interpreted as evidence for the fact that Constantine and Maxentius used this penalty differently.

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