History of Rome; And of the Roman People, from Its Origin to the Invasion of the Barbarians Volume 7, PT. 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...made ready for himself, that which contemporaries have called the " repose of the Augusti" (quies Augustorum), '--which, however, was for him really the carrying out of a deep design, --hc had chosen not to retire from the world until he had given this brilliant manifestation which was to immortalize his fame. From Ravenna he went to Aquileia and Istria, and probably as far as Salona, to make sure that all things were ready for his reception,5 and then returned to Nicomedeia in the middle of 304. From this city is dated one of his last rescripts, --on the 28th of August of that year. Diocletian had been seriously-indisposed during this journey. But he was not yet sixty years old, he had a robust constitution, MEDIUM BRONZE.8 1 xiv. 6. 2 Lactantius, 17. It is probable that before leaving Rome be caused Maximian to renew in the temple of Jupiter Capitolinus the engagement to abdicate at the same time with himself (Pan. vet. vii. 15). 3 The Repose of the Augusti, QVIES AVGG. 4 Pan. vet. vi. 11, and Eckhel, viii. 14. 5 Conjecture authorized by the words of Lactantius, 17: Per circuittum ripae 1xtrfeae Nicomediam venit. Diocletian, in feeble health and habituated to Eastern climates, was likely in January, 304, to avoid the valley of the Danube, through which certain authorities represent him as passing, --a region subject to cold so extreme that the mighty river is sometimes frozen. and, with his habitual tenacity of purpose, he returned to the city where he had assumed the purple, and where he proposed to lay it off. His illness increased during the winter; all the gods, assailed with prayers for the recovery of him who had protected them, remained deaf to these supplications. On the 15th of December he had a fainting fit; the...
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