Diocletian and the Tetrarchy

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This book aims to make accessible the sources and controversies concerning a key period in the history of the Roman Empire - the reign of Diocletian and its immediate aftermath. Diocletian was an emperor of unusual ambition, and his reign saw considerable military success, an experiment in collegiate government, a move towards provincial capitals away from Rome, a reorganisation of the administrative machinery of empire and its finances, and a committed project to persecute the Christians.In Part I, an ...
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This book aims to make accessible the sources and controversies concerning a key period in the history of the Roman Empire - the reign of Diocletian and its immediate aftermath. Diocletian was an emperor of unusual ambition, and his reign saw considerable military success, an experiment in collegiate government, a move towards provincial capitals away from Rome, a reorganisation of the administrative machinery of empire and its finances, and a committed project to persecute the Christians.In Part I, an introduction to Diocletian and the world of the late third century is followed by six thematic chapters covering a range of aspects of government and society under this emperor, including military, economic, religious and administrative affairs. These chapters discuss the original sources, highlight their strengths and weaknesses, and consider the main scholarly approaches to them. Throughout Part I there are regular cross references to the source material which is presented in Part II - this includes
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Roger Rees is Lecturer in Classics at the University of St Andrews

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Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Maps
Pt. I Debates
Introduction : history and narrative 3
Ch. 1 The military 13
Ch. 2 Administration 24
Ch. 3 Economics 37
Ch. 4 Ceremonial 46
Ch. 5 Religion 57
Ch. 6 Unity, succession and legitimacy 72
Pt. II Documents
1 Aurelius Victor : Book of the Caesars 93
2 Eutropius : Breviarium 98
3 Festus : Breviarium 102
4 Epitome about the Caesars 102
5 Anonymous Valesianus 104
6 Lactantius : On the deaths of the persecutors 105
7 Ammianus Marcellinus : Histories 119
8 Eusebius : History of the Church 119
9 Malalas : Chronicle 128
10 Zosimus : New history 128
11 Panegyrici Latini X(2) 128
12 Panegyrici Latini XI(3) 131
13 Panegyrici Latini VIII(4) 133
14 Panegyrici Latini IX(5) 135
15 Panegyrici Latini VII(6) 136
16 Panegyrici Latini VI(7) 136
17 Panegyrici Latini V(8) 137
18 Historia Augusta 138
19 Edict of Maximal prices 139
20 Inscriptions 146
21 Panopolis papyri 148
22 Edict of Aristius Optatus 158
23 Land declaration 158
24 Legal petition 160
25 Notitia Dignitatum, text 160
26 Notitia Dignitatum, Saxon shore 170
27 Verona list 171
28 Manichaean rescript 174
29 Theodosian code 175
30 Justinianic code 175
31 Act of St. Crispina 176
32 Act of Felix the Bishop 179
33 Act of Julius the Veteran 180
34 Sketch of Luxor Fresco, Gardner Wilkinson 182
35 Plan of Diocletian's palace, split 183
36 Plan of Tetrarchic palace, Gamzigrad 184
37 Plan of baths of Diocletian, Rome 185
38 Portchester fort, Saxon shore 186
39 Senate house, Rome 187
40 Arch of Galerius, Thessalonica, detail 188
41 Constantinian basilica, trier 189
42 Maxentian basilica, Rome 189
43 a and b Decennalia base, Rome, details 190
44 Coin of Carausius 191
45 Arras medallion 191
46 Porphyry group, Venice 192
47 Porphyry group, Vatican library 193
48 Porphyry bust of Diocletian (?), Worcester Museum, Massachusetts 194
49 Porphyry bust of Licinius (?), Egyptian museum, Cairo 195
50 Porphyry bust of Galerius (?), Gamzigrad 196
Chronology 197
Further reading 199
Essay questions 203
Bibliography 206
Glossary 214
Websites 216
Index 218
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