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310s

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The 310s decade ran from January 1, 310, to December 31, 319.

Events

310

By place

Roman Empire

By topic

Commerce
  • Constantine at Trier orders the minting of a new coin, the solidus, in an effort to offset the declining value of the denarius and bring stability to the imperial currency by restoring a gold standard. The solidus (later known as the bezant) will be minted in the Byzantine Empire without change in weight or purity until the 10th century.
Religion

311

By place

Roman Empire
China

By topic

Religion

312

By place

Roman Empire

By topic

Religion
  • Constantine I adopts the words "in hoc signo vinces" as a motto and have the letters X and P (the first letters of the Greek word Christ) emblazoned on the shields of his soldiers.
  • The Council of Carthage supports Donatism, which espouses a rigorous application and interpretation of the sacraments. These doctrines will be condemned by the Council of Arles (314).
  • Constantine I promotes a policy of state sponsorship of Christianity, perhaps even becoming a Christian himself (see Constantine the Great and Christianity).

313

By place

Roman Empire
Asia

By topic

Art
Religion

314

By place

Roman Empire

By topic

Religion

315

By place

Roman Empire

By topic

Religion

316

By place

Roman Empire
Asia

By topic

Religion

317

By place

Europe
China

318

By place

Roman Empire
China

By topic

Religion

319

By place

Roman Empire
India
Georgia

By topic

Religion

Significant people

Births

Deaths

  • Maximian, Roman emperor. Died in 310. He had voluntary abdicated the throne in 305, in order to retire from politics. He changed his mind and devoted the rest of his life to (mostly failed) attempts at regaining his throne.
  • Galerius, Roman emperor. Died in 311.
  • Diocletian, Roman emperor. Died in 311. He had voluntary abdicated the throne in 305, and spend the rest of his life in retirement.
  • Maxentius, Roman emperor. Died in 312, a casualty of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.
  • Maximinus II, Roman emperor. Died in 313.
  • Valerius Valens, Roman emperor. Died in 317.

References

  1. ^ Frend, W. H. C. The Early Church SPCK 1965, p. 137