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Roman imperial insignia uncovered

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Archeologists have unearthed what they say are the only existing insignia belonging to Roman Emperor Maxentius -- precious objects buried to protect them after Maxentius was defeated by his rival Constantine at the battle of Milvian Bridge in AD 321. Some of the objects are believed to be the bases for the emperor’s standards -- rectangular or triangular flags, Italian officials said Wednesday.

For the record:
12:00 AM, Dec. 14, 2006 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday December 14, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 31 words Type of Material: Correction
Roman artifacts: A science brief in Saturday’s Section A about artifacts related to Roman Emperor Maxentius said the battle of Milvian Bridge took place in AD 321. It was in 312.

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