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book on Diocletian
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"DIOCLETIAN and the Roman recovery",<br>
by Stephen Williams, 1985<br>
paper back edition Pub. by Routledge, New York and London in 1997<br>
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I read this book about a year ago. It is very well written and has a very good and useful bibliography that points to detailed literature. The first chapter is a review of the third century crises and the coming of Diocletian, one of a string of talented Illyrian soldiers. The second chapter deals with the military aspects of the consolidation of Diocletian and the new order, and the first part of chapter 3 discusses the defence strategies. The rest of the book treats the many aspects of the empire ranging from economy to religion. The book is not long and is very well balanced so that these specialistic topics can be read with ease. I very warmly suggest to non specialists because it is a very stimulating and coherent overview of that world. Indeed this book rekindled in me the old time admiration I had for the Romans and how they succeeded in surviving the third century crises. Diocletian and his immediate predecessors were incredibly energetic; Diocletian was the political giant that completed the turning of the tide that brought back the empire's might, at least for a while, but at a great price.<br>
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Jeffery Wyss
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Salvete,<br>
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The ISBN number of <i> Diocletian and the Roman recovery</i> is 0-415-91827-8.<br>
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Here are some references to other publications dealing with the army of the tetrarchy:<br>
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Berchem, D. van, <i> L'armée de Dioclétien et la réforme constantienne</i> (Paris 1952).<br>
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Bowman, A.K., 'The military occupation of Upper Egypt in the reign of Diocletian' in: <i> Bulletin of the American society of papyrologists</i> 15 (1978), 25-38.<br>
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Duncan-Jones, R.P., 'Pay and numbers in Diocletian's army' in: <i> Chiron</i> 8 (1978), 541-560.<br>
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Nischer, N.C., 'The army reforms of Diocletian and Constantine and their modifications up to the times of the Notitia Dignitatum' in: <i> JRS</i> 13 (1923), 1-55.<br>
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Parker, H.M.D., 'The legions of Diocletian and Constantine' in: <i> JRS</i> 23 (1933), 175-189.<br>
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Seston, W., 'Du comitatus de Dioclétien aux comitatenses de Constantin' in: <i> Historia</i> 4 (1955), 284-296.<br>
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Speidel, M.P., 'The road to Dumata (Jawf in Saudi Arabia) and the frontier policy of praetensione colligare' in: <i> Historia</i> 36 (1987), 213-221.<br>
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Speidel, M.P., 'The Later Roman field army and the Guard of the High Empire' in: <i> Latomus</i> 46 (1987), 375-379.<br>
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Speidel, M.P., 'Maxentius' praetorians' in: <i> Roman army studies II</i> (Stuttgart 1992), 385-389.<br>
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Apart from these specialised articles concentrating on various aspects the army of the tetrarchy is usually also included in studies of the late Roman army, though these tend to concentrate on the later fourth century CE. An in-depth study that would focus primarily on the tetrarchic army is unfortunately not (yet?) available.<br>
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Valete,<br>
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Sander van Dorst<br>
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