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The Reforms of Diocletian The reformation of the Roman government was not a new idea by the third century CE The enormous Roman Empire had seen many changes by this time largely due to the many wars the rise of Christianity and other religious cultures and of course the power hungry leaders and jealous politicians any culture is doomed to run into over centuries of time The reforms of Augustus were quite respectable lasting some two hundred years But by the third century CE the Roman government was in shambles Between CE 235 and 285 Rome had at least twenty-six different emperors and only one of the men died of natural causes Diocletian is known even two thousand years after his reign as one of the greatest Roman Emperors Ambition and ability drove his rise to leadership alone -- he was born an uneducated peasant and had joined the Roman army at an early age He became emperor after the troops of Rome acclaimed him emperor disrespecting their true emperor Carinus By the spring of CE 285 Diocletian had defeated Carinus and became leader of the entire Roman Empire His leadership skills were unmatched and his long reign in a time of chaos in Roman history shows the respect his people gave him Diocletian was a great administrator and he had much to do in order to restore order in the empire There were foreign and domestic problems and the reforms of Diocletian brought both positive and negative effects to the Roman Empire by the end of his reign which lasted from CE 284-305 reforms that extended even beyond his life To begin with the size of the empire he earned was so great that he had many problems to solve outside of Rome Unable to lead the campaigns in the east and the west Diocletian brought in Maximian as Caesar and later as Augustus in CE 286 to command the west as Diocletian
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