This paper aims to analyze again the ancient traditions about Constantine's murder of Crispus and Fausta. As Eutropius maintains, Crispus was executed because of political reasons: in my opinion Constantine trusted Fausta's accusations against his son as he had trusted similar accusations against her father Maximian in 310. However the official justification for the two murders was not a political, but a moral one, that is incestuous adultery, as it was usual since Augustus. Zosimos could thereafter develop his version on this 'sexual' basis.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Constantine and the death of Crispo
Lingua originaleItalian
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteLa storiografia tardoantica. In memoria di A.Baldini
EditorB.Girotti V.Neri
Numero di pagine12
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Roman historiography


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