Also an Illyrican peasant having risen through the army

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Also an Illyrican peasant having risen through the army, Diocletian (284- 304) and his successor  Constantine (r. 313-337) reformed the imperial system to the point of remaking Roman state and  society. When Diocletian ascended to the Purple, borders had been barely reestablished;  Germanic and Sassanid threats continued, just as commerce and farming had decreased,  engendering military requisitioning and difficult supply problems. This troubling situation was  compounded by the continually decreasing silver content of the coinage, which caused inflation.  Upon taking the throne, the first thing Diocletian did was to ensure that he did not go the way of  previous military emperors. He withdrew to a secluded palace in Nicomedia (Asia Minor),  espousing the idea of a remote, semi-deified monarch, and eschewing the classical Principate  idea of imperial  primus inter pares
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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