Battle of the Milvian Bridge

Sara Vogel and Jennifer Koo

October 28, 312 AD----Constantine v. Maxentius

Rome was divided during the time of this battle, with multiple rulers. During this battle, two of the rulers; Constantine and Maxentius fought over control over the West Roman Empire.
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CAUSE

Constantine was the son of Constantius (yellow on map above), and Maxentius was the son of Maximian (blue on the map above). These two had been fighting for over five years of control of the West Roman Empire.

BATTLE EVENTS

On October 28, they decided to end their dispute over power by force. Maxentius chose to stand ground in front of the Milvian bridge, thus giving this battle its name. If Maxentius wanted to keep Constantine out of Rome, then he could not lose this bridge.


As soon as Constantine got there, he realized he was greatly outnumbered compared to Maxentius's forces. While both armies were preparing for battle Constantine has a vision of a Christian symbol (cross or Chi-Ro). At the time Costantine was a pagan, but as he saw this, he asked all his soldiers to paint the symbol on their shields. He was now fighting under the Christian God. Eventually Constantine defeated Maxentius and gained control of the West part of the Roman Empire.

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OUTCOMES

Constantine soon became the sole ruler of the Western Roman Empire and legalized the empire specifically with the religion of Christianity. Significantly helped spread Christianity through parts of Europe.

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