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--when the Christian church passed from persecution to imperial favor--saw far-reaching administrative changes that established the structure of government in the Roman Empire for three hundred years. This was a complex period of cooperation and rivalry between co-emperors, the result of Diocletian's experiment in government by four rulers, the tetrarchs. Drawing together material from a wide variety of sources, Corcoran studies the vast range of documents issued by the emperors and their officials, and assesses how effectively the machinery of government matched imperial ambitions.
 

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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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Simon Corcoran is at University of Nottingham.

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