Constantine was proclaimed emperor by his soldiers in Eboracum (York, UK) on the 25th of July AD 306. Constantine’s father was part of Diocletian’s Tetrarchy and this method of rule quickly fell apart after Diocletian and Maximian retired as Augusti of the East and West in AD 305.
The Institute is committed to preserving Rome's past and successfully communicating the web of interrelated topics- history, heritage preservation, architecture, conservation, accessibility. When the Villa of Hadrian was threatened with the construction of a landfill nearby we collaborated with colleagues successfully to stop that disastrous plan. When the Macrinus "gladiator tomb" site was threatened with reburial, we stepped in and voiced concerns that ultimately were part of a constructive outcry to find new solutions to allow excavation to continue and the preservation of the site begin; that heritage enterprise continues, productively and with great promise. Read more about our preservation initiatives.