The Empire of the Tetrarchs: Imperial Pronouncements and Government, AD 284-324

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Clarendon Press, 2000 - History - 421 pages
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The era of Diocletian and Constantine is a significant period for the Roman empire, with far-reaching administrative changes that established the structure of government for three hundred years a time when the Christian church passed from persecution to imperial favour. It is also a complexperiod of co-operation and rivalry between a number of co-emperors, the result of Diocletian's experiment of government by four rulers (the tetrarchs). This book examines imperial government at this crucial but often neglected period of transition, through a study of the pronouncements that theemperors and their officials produced, drawing together material from a wide variety of sources: the law codes, Christian authors, inscriptions, and papyri. The study covers the format, composition, and promulgation of documents, and includes chronological catalogues of imperial letters and edicts,as well as extended discussions of the Gregorian and Hermogenian Codes, and the ambitious Prices Edict. Much of this has had little detailed coverage in English before. There is also a chapter that elucidates the relative powers of the members of the imperial college. Finally, Dr Corcoran assesseshow effectively the machinery of government really matched the ambitions of the emperors. The additional notes in this revised edition of the hardback contain details of recent epigraphic work and discoveries, especially from Ephesus, as well as an account of a long ignored rescript ofDiocletian.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Gregorian and Hermogenian Codes
25
Private Rescripts
43
The Palatine Secretaries
75
The Recipients of Private Rescripts
95
Imperial Letters
T-23
Imperial Edicts
T-70
The Prices Edict
205
Diocletianic Ascriptions to the Hermogenian Code
299
Private Rescripts of Constantine
301
Imperial Letters 314324
303
Imperial Plurals
318
Abstract Forms of Address
324
References to the Governor in Private Rescripts
337
Constitutions Attributed to Junior Rulers
340
Additional Notes
343

The Role of the Governor
234
The Emperor in Action
254
The Powers of the Lesser Tetrarchs
266
Conclusion
293
Diocletianic Ascriptions to the Gregorian Code
298
Supplementary Bibliography
354
Bibliography
357
General Index
387
Index Locorum
398
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Diocletian and the Tetrarchy
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Simon Corcoran is at University of Nottingham.

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