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|History of Rome (Aeab):|
Gaivs Diocletian was appointed at 48. Born in Illyria. He was not a fan of the Republic and attempted to bring power back to the Emperor. He made little progress, especially in his attempts to become equal to one of the gods in order to solidify his legitimate singular rule in religious terms (Pontifex Maximus). In 1046(293) Diocletian had parts of Caucus and Bosporus reconquered to 'free the Romans living under the Ostrogoth spear'. Diocletian was rarely seen in public, authorized visitors only to an audience if they lain down on the ground and never looked at him above the knees, and call him ‘Your Majesty/Excellency’. The Senate was not amused. All previous emperors actually were regarded with such god-like awe, but they had had the decency to be modest of it, which really only increased their popularity. Despite threats from the Senate and like minded Praetorians, Belgica 1049(296) and Ægyptus 1054(301) were the only provinces Diolcetian managed (or had the nerve to) to expel from the Senate after rebellions.
1051(298) After the rebellion of one of the Parthian legions, Diocletian made the legions smaller, 1000 men instead of 6000, making the armies more manoeuvrable. He also raised more legions.
What Diocletian was good at though was curbing the devaluing Denarius and strengthening the economy. The treasuries reached levels nearer to just before Commodvs’ rule. These reforms included higher weight gold, pure silver, and bronze-silver coins. He also increased civil services as well as taxes. The only reform that failed was the ‘Edict on Maximum Prices’ for merchants to drive down prices, merchants mostly ignored this.
He also had plans that once his autocracy was established he’d divide the Empire to make it more manageable. Having spent most of his first decade running around the empire to deals with recurring small rebellions in Aegyptvs and Parthia; a self proclaimed Emperor of Britannia; and Ostrogoths overrunning almost half of Germania Inf., he feared it was all too big for one person. Especially since he never consulted the Senate they couldn’t help him. He needlessly put a lot of stress on himself. The senators always yelled at him that the Empire was too big for one person and that was why there was a senate.
Diocletian’s health deteriorated considerably by 1057(304), he retired to Dalmatia and died a couple months later. He was mostly seen as a relatively good Emperor, his plans to divide the Empire were quickly made forgotten.
He was the second Emperor to abdicate in such a fashion in a row. Some in the Senate began thinking perhaps the Empire was becoming a little large. Also, the windmill was invented in Parthia and soon spread across the empire.
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