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By William Lewis Leadbetter

Drawing from quite a few assets - literary, visible, archaeological; papyri, inscriptions and cash – the writer reviews the character of Diocletian’s imperial approach, his wars, his spiritual perspectives and his abdication. the writer additionally examines Galerius’ endeavour to take keep an eye on of Diocletian’s empire, his disasters and successes, opposed to the backdrop of Constantine’s remorseless force to energy. the 1st accomplished examine of the Emperor Galerius, this e-book deals an leading edge research of his reign as either Caesar and Augustus, utilizing his altering courting with Diocletian because the central key to unencumber the advanced imperial politics of the interval.

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While this remains a best guess rather than an evident certainty, there is some evidence as to Romula’s destination. 121 There is no “smoking gun” here. The limits of the evidence have been tested, but no certainty can be offered, only a probability. What can be said is that a dubious literary source gives Galerius’ age at death as 53, and therefore provides a birth year for Galerius of 257/8. Better evidence identifies his mother as a refugee from Carpic raids on trans-Danubian Dacia. These were a feature from the late 240s and reached a height of impunity after 253.

They are not intended to explain anything, but to praise what is, although there are exceptions. As will be argued in Chapter 6, the panegyric of 307 admits us to an historical event as it unfolds. But that is 16 INTRODUCTION exceptional. By and large, they remain as snapshots of what passed for “political correctness” in one place at one time. Other primary sources While these three sets of documents form the principal corpus of contemporary narrative texts, a number of other texts and sources survive from antiquity which serve to give a much clearer picture of political events, policies and personalities between 284 and 311.

XIII, 141–4; Potter (1990), pp. , 310–13; (2004), p. 252. 117 CIL II 2200; VIII 1430; Peachin (1990) p. 325 no. 193; Kienast (1996), p. 218. 118 Ep. de Caes. 40. 16–17; the name of the site is given by the epitomator as “Romulianum”, but Procopius de aed. 4 called the site Romuliana, a name now confirmed by an inscription. See Duval (1987); Srejovic and Vasic (1994). 15–16) Galerius’ nickname was “shepherdboy” (Armentarius); see also Aur. Vict. de Caes. 18; Barnes, p. 38; Syme (1971), p. 226. 120 Srejovic (1983), pp.

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