Diocletian and the Roman Recovery

Diocletian and the Roman Recovery

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First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 14 b&w illustrations
  • 0415918278
  • 9780415918275
  • 477,885

About Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams is a freelance writer. His most recent book is Theodosius: The Empire at Bay.show more

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Stephen Williams's book, now in paperback for the first time, remains the only biography of Diocletian in English. 'Diocletian and the Roman Recovery' provides a historical narrative of Diocletian's remarkable reign and those of his fellow-emperors, along with a chapter-by-chapter study of each of the great problems he faced, the interlocking solutions he evolved to meet them, and the longer term results.show more

Review quote

"[Williams] has performed a valuable service for the profession as well as for the general reader ... his judgment of particular matters is invariably sound, and the book is a well-written synthesis."-"American Historical Review USE "Stephen Williams is not a professional Roman historian, but he is certainly an expert, and his view of Diocletian is original and convincing. ... [He] is an equitable and balanced historian and I think one can rely on him."-Peter Levi "This is the first biography of Diocletian in English and is written both for students of history and politics and for general readers."-"The Bloomsbury Review USE "This biography is never dull, for the author writes with considerable style, and he has the ability to turn a neat phrase."-James E. Seaver "History Reviews of New Booksshow more

Table of contents

CONTENTS PART I: CRISIS; 1. The Third-Century Collapse; 2. Virtus Illyrici; PART II: EMERGENCE; 3. Jove and Hercules; 4. The Tetrarchy; 5. Victory and Consolidation - Britain, Africa, the Danube; 6. Victory and Consolidation - Egypt and Persia; PART III: THE NEW ORDER; 7. Defense in Depth; 8. The Recasting of Government; 9. Finance, Taxation, Inflation; 10. A Command Economy; 11. The New Order; PART IV: TRIUMPHS AND DEFEATS; 12. The Gods are Alive; 13. Politeia Christi; 14. The Great Persecution; 15. Abortive Renewal; PART V: AFTERMATH; 16. Constantine's Completion; 17. In the Long Runshow more