Project #29577 - Week 7 Discussion

Below you will find the details of the homework.  This is for a discussion board so it does not need to be written like a paper.  More like a discussion.  However if you do use references… it will need to be MLA style.

 

1.       Read about Diocletian and the Tetrarchy on pp.473-7 in LeGlay (attached)

2.       Read about Constantine on pp.477-81 in LeGlay (attached)

3.       Scan the attached Reserved Reading Articles.

4.       Answer the question below in one or two paragraphs

 

 

Here are the instructor’s comments:

 

Week 7, April 28: And Diocletian charges to the rescue! Whew! I was really getting worried about the Roman Empire with the constant changing of emperors and the cracks that had started to appear in what had been a whole territory for quite a while now. Now a single ruler takes over again...and actually manages to hold on to not only power but his life! In fact, Diocletian ruled from 284-305 and then retired! Peacefully! 

Constantine's reign was a mixed bag. From 306 when he was declared emperor by his father's troops in Britain until he acquired complete control of the Empire by defeating Licinius in 324, the Empire continued to suffer from civil war though this civil war was not as wide-ranging in its later years as that of the Soldier Emperors had been. Then, from 324 to Constantine's death in 337, Constantine worked to reform the Empire, following oftentimes in Diocletian's footsteps. (In fact, our sources are not always clear on just exactly who was responsible for which reform. It is safest to suppose, unless told otherwise, that Diocletian introduced a reform and Constantine continued to implement it.)

Read about Diocletian and the Tetrarchy on pp.473-7 in LeGlay. The empire was still not on completely firm ground: the economy was obviously still in trouble, there were social woes and there was religious controversy about Christianity which had been growing from the second half of the 3rd century up to the reign of Constantine. Constantine is our other hero this week; read about him in Le Glay (pp.477-81) as well as applicable parts of Chapters 16-18 and this article in the Catholic Encyclopedia; you should also read what Eusebius had to say about Constantine's conversion and what Sozomen has to say about the founding of Constantinople (ancient Byzantium, Greek colony founded c.650 B.C.; modern Istanbul); this last, moving the capital, is the date used by some scholars to mark the end of the true Roman Empire. Oh, and last week's articles are applicable this week as well.

I have also posted a few articles in Reserved Readings that deal with various issues of the reign of Diocletian and beyond; do not try to read the whole of any one of these articles. Rather, concentrate on getting an idea of the complexity of his and later reigns and also the validity of our sources. In addition, these articles stand as very good examples of the kinds of scholarship that give us the information that we have about his reign. You can also read biographies of the various emperors at De Imperatoribus Romanis.

 

Question: 

K, the man did it. Diocletian reunited the Roman Empire under a stable government. And he made a lot of changes in the way that things were organized! Things that had been sacrosanct for centuries, he changed. And Constantine seems to have agreed with quite a few of those reforms since he continued them. Is that all it took? Was it outdated organization and outdated institutions that had led the Empire into such dire straits in the half century leading up to Diocletian's reign?

 

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