Unformatted text preview: r Tetrarchs, ca. 305, Porphyry (Piazza San Marco, Venice) Political chaos in the lat 3rd century; 18 claimants to the throne, uprisings and incursions (Germans, Persians) in the provinces; division of Empire seemed inevitable New Emperor Diocletian divides Empire into Eastern and Western half; each one of the emperors (“augustus”) has a deputy (“caesar”); together, they form the four tetrarchs Porphyry is an extremely hard stone; rendering, frontal pose are almost regressions to archaic simplicity; work originally located Division of the Roman Empire in Division of the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity Imperial Rome Decline
Imperial Rome Decline
Palace of Diocletian, Split (Croatia), 300
305 As part of these administrative changes, Diocletian built, for his retirement, a large fortified palace in Split Plan is laid out like that for a Roman colonial city; axial arrangement; detail: one of the colonnaded courtyards Military aspect runs strong: fortification walls, towerf...
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