PDF Ã BOOK Diocletian and the Roman Recovery

EBOOK Diocletian and the Roman Recovery

PDF Ã BOOK Diocletian and the Roman Recovery ☆ First published in 1997 Routledge is an imprint of Taylor Francis an informa companyR Francis an informa company I really enjoyed this book Diocletian's reforms did not even last to his retirement but I am not sure that anything would have worked The rot of the Empire began with the Republic The time between the assassination of Alexander Severus and the accession of Diocletian was racked with civil war and secession

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Ledge is an imprint of Taylo The first English language biography on Diocletion and a well written one at that Stephen Williams is not a professional Roman historian instead he is a professor of philosophy and therin lays the books strength Williams writes for the enthusiastic Roman history buff and the general reader Instead of uoting ancient historians ad nauseum and going off on tangents he gets to the meat of the matter How Diocletion and his fellow emperors were able to pull the empire back from total collapse He gives detailed explanations as to what was occurring in the Empire during the 3rd Century and why He isn't afraid to offer his own theories where our knowledge of events are sketchy and he always keeps the book moving along at a brisk pace I especially enjoyed the final chapter where he covers the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century It's well written with a detailed description of what occurred and why He also contrast the collapse of the West with the survival of the Eastern Empire Wonderful book for the layman student and perhaps even the expert The only caveat is that this book was published in 1985 and scholars never stop researching

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Diocletian and the Roman RecoveryFirst published in 1997 Rout I read Steven Williams' Diocletian and the Roman Recovery in conjunction with Alaric Watson's biography of Aurelian my review here Like that book Diocletian doesn't aim to revise the standard version of the emperor's reign so much as pull together the scholarship as of 1985 about the period and lay it out with minimal fuss for the general readerI don't have much to say about the book as such except to recommend it to readers interested in the period but unfamiliar with the history and make two observationsThe first is that Diocletian bears a strong resemblance to Augustus Rome's first emperor Like him Diocletian restored the Roman world by revolutionizing it The government and society that emerged after AD 285 may have claimed to be traditionally Roman but it bore little resemblance to Augustus's constitutionThe second observation is that I appreciated Williams' treatment of the imperial cult and Diocletian's attempt to revive it The common wisdom view tends to dismiss its seriousness and centrality to people's lives but Williams argues persuasively that people did take it seriously and that it did play a role in peoples' lives beyond a cynical acuiescence to imperial will The cult ultimately failed because the society it mirrored was passing away and you'll remember Christianity rapidly took on many of its trappings once it became the state's religion albeit the focus of worship was subtlely shifted