By Jacob Burckhardt

In the current paintings it's been the author's layout to explain the impressive part century from the accession of Diocletian to the dying of Constantine in its caliber as a interval of transition. What used to be meant used to be no longer a historical past of the lifestyles and reign of Constantine, nor but an encyclopedia of all worth-while info touching on this era. particularly have been the numerous and crucial features of the modern global to be defined and formed right into a perspicuous comic strip of the whole.

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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 manĀ· kind to depress him into gloom, or cowardICe and convenience into bloodthirstiness.

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