By Jacob Burckhardt
Read Online or Download Age of Constantine the Great PDF
Similar rome books
Rome - the only maximum impact upon western civilization. "To Be a Roman: themes in Roman tradition" is an entire and finished consultant to what is frequently glossed over approximately this nice civilization - the everyday lifetime of its electorate. pertaining to the relations existence, the spiritual rituals, the houses during which they lived, and the towns they known as there personal, either Rome and its different towns - and much more.
Publication by means of Cameron, Alan
The Roman discussion board was once in lots of methods the guts of the Roman Empire. this day, the discussion board exists in a fragmentary kingdom, having been destroyed and plundered by way of barbarians, aristocrats, voters, and clergymen over the last millennia. adequate is still, despite the fact that, for archaeologists to reconstruct its wonderful structures and monuments.
- Font of Life: Ambrose, Augustine, and the Mystery of Baptism
- Banking and Business in the Roman World (Key Themes in Ancient History)
- Was Christ born at Bethlehem? : a study on the credibility of St. Luke
- A Companion to Late Antiquity
Additional resources for Age of Constantine the Great
Diocletian had friends from his early days, but confidence was valllshed, perhaps on eIther side; Dioc1etian had cause to fear that intimacy with thlId parnes might disrupt the artfully contnved hannony WIth his colleagues. Instead of 52 DIOCLETIAN : ADOPTIONS AND REIGN the simple purple with which almost all his predecessors (exceptmg only the mad Emperors) had been content, DIOdetian wore, after 293, silk and gold-embroidered garments, and even his shoes were decorated with precious stones and pearls; upon rus head he wore a diadem, a white band set with pearls.
But long before (258), the troops on the Danube had raised the Governor Ingenuus, the better to protect the country against in- 34 THE IMPERIAL POWER IN THE THIRD CENTURY cursions. Gallienus had suppressed Ingenuus, and had visited fearful pumshments on the region. The provincials thirsted for vengeance, and named as Emperor the heroic DacIan Regillianus (260), who c1a)med descent from the DaClan King Decebalus, Trajan's famous enemy; but they soon gave bim up, out of fear of new punishment at the hands of Gallienus, whom events had made merciless.
The miserable records of the time, study them as we WIll, nowhere suffice for definitive conclusions. We cannot say whether Aurehan sought to extend the iron discipline of the camps to civil life, or whether the Senate was blind to the times aod wished to 38 THE IMPERIAL POWER IN THE THIRD CENTURY compete with the reconqueror of the Empire for its government. That Aurelian was not personally cruel and that he was eager to aVOId bloodshed is demonstrated by decisive passages in his life. " But a SItuahon like Aurelian's required a strong spirit indeed not to suffer contempt of man· kind to depress him into gloom, or cowardICe and convenience into bloodthirstiness.