Dating retired military men
Diocles' parents were of low status, and writers critical of him claimed that his father was a scribe or a freedman of the senator Anullinus, or even that Diocles was a freedman himself.The first forty years of his life are mostly obscure.
The Diocletianic Persecution (303–11), the empire's last, largest, and bloodiest official persecution of Christianity, failed to eliminate Christianity in the empire; indeed, after 324, Christianity became the empire's preferred religion under its first Christian emperor, Constantine.Diocletian separated and enlarged the empire's civil and military services and reorganized the empire's provincial divisions, establishing the largest and most bureaucratic government in the history of the empire.He established new administrative centres in Nicomedia, Mediolanum, Sirmium, and Trier, closer to the empire's frontiers than the traditional capital at Rome.Under this 'tetrarchy', or "rule of four", each emperor would rule over a quarter-division of the empire.Diocletian secured the empire's borders and purged it of all threats to his power.Julianus minted coins from the mint at Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) declaring himself as emperor and promising freedom.
It was all good publicity for Diocletian, and it aided in his portrayal of Carinus as a cruel and oppressive tyrant.
A new study suggests that wives suffer from ‘Retired Husband Syndrome’ when their husbands have given up work.
Experts claim that women can suffer ‘stress, higher depression or inability to sleep’ once their husbands retire and arguments are common (file picture)‘We have found that retirement effects are stronger for employed women, who are already stressed by their job and have less time to comply with the additional requests by their retired husbands,’ they said.
From at least 297 on, imperial taxation was standardized, made more equitable, and levied at generally higher rates.
Not all of Diocletian's plans were successful: the Edict on Maximum Prices (301), his attempt to curb inflation via price controls, was counterproductive and quickly ignored.
The first time Diocletian's whereabouts are accurately established, in 282, he was made by the newly Emperor Carus commander of the Protectores domestici, the élite cavalry force directly attached to the Imperial household – a post that earned him the honor of a consulship in 283.