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    Diocletian (AD 284-305). AV aureus (19mm, 4.17 gm, 6h). NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5. Lugdunum, AD 285-286. IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, laureate, draped bust of Diocletian right, seen from behind / M-ARS V-I-C-TOR, Mars, nude, advancing right, transverse spear forward in right hand, trophy in left over shoulder. RIC V.II 2. Calic├│ 4543. Sharp and lustrous.

    Although he reached the Roman throne via the path of coup and civil war, Diocletian turned out to be a far-sighted statesman of rare ability. Achieving undisputed power in AD 285, he came in with a detailed blueprint for Roman revival. Recognizing the task of governing the Empire had grown too great for one man, he divided supreme power with three old military colleagues and devised a formula for renewing this "Tetrarchy" every 20 years. The arrangement worked surprisingly well and by AD 300 the ceaseless revolts and civil wars that had nearly destroyed the Roman Empire over the latter third century had stopped, allowing Roman economic life to slowly and painfully recover.


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