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People/Characters: Diocletian

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Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Sarris
Constantine the Emperor by David Potter
Constantine the Great by Michael Grant
History Of Ancient Civilization Volume II The Roman World (Volume II) by Albert A. Trever
A History of Ancient Rome by Frances Titchener
A History of Rome to A.D. 565 by Arthur Edward Romilly Boak
The History of the Church by Eusebius
The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth
Medieval and Tudor Drama: Twenty-Four Plays by John Gassner
Medieval Europe: A Short History by C. Warren Hollister
Noricum, Baiern und Österreich : Lorch als Hauptstadt und die Einführung des Christentums by Ignaz Zibermayr
Roman Empire: A complete history of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, chronicling the story of thr most important and influential civilization the world has ever known by Nigel Rodgers
The Roman Imperial Coinage, Volume 6 by C. H. V. Sutherland
The Romans 850 B.C.- 337 A.D. by Donald R. Dudley
The Water Thief by Ben Pastor

Character description

Diocletian (died 316): Roman Emperor 284-305. Born around 256, he took over the Empire after a long period of instability. To simplify the administration of the Empire, he divided it into two halves, each in turn divided in half, with an Augustus ruling each half and two Caesars to rule particular provinces. This worked well while Diocletian was in charge, but after he abdicated in 305, it all fell apart as the various contenders tried to take over the whole Empire. When the Empire was finally reunited by Constantine the Great, he turned the Empire Christian -- an ironic and probably bitter result for Diocletian, who had been a great persecutor of Christians.

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