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Roman emperor from ad 284–305 whose reign was characterized by the establishment of the tetrarchy, the suppression of revolts and attacks, the wholesale reform of the Roman Empire, and the persecution of Christians.
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DiocletianValerius Diocletianus, the “second founder of the Roman Empire,” emperor 285–305 c.e. Recognizing that a single ruler would be unable to maintain power against internal and external threats, Diocletian reorganized and transformed the empire. He created the Tetrarchy, a college of four emperors,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Diocletian (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus)
Diocletian (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus) (245–313), Roman Emperor from 284 to 305. Diocles, who was born of humble parents at Salona in Dalmatia, took up a military career, serving with distinction under Probus and Aurelian. On 17 Sept. 284, on the murder of Numerian, the army proclaimed him
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Diocle′tian. The Roman Emperor, noted for his fierce persecution of the Christians, 303. The Emperor Constantine, on the other hand, was the “nursing father” of the Church.“To make the Church’s glory shine,Should Diocletian reign, not Constantine.”Crabbe: Borough.
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Diocletian.—Roman emperor (284), resigned (305) and refused to resume the scepter. The tenth persecution took place under his reign.
Pocket Dictionary of Church History: Over 300 Terms Clearly and Concisely Defined
Diocletian (245–313). One of the most powerful of Roman emperors, Diocletian rose to that pinnacle through a career in the army which recognized his gifts for leadership and administration. He was proclaimed emperor by his fanatically loyal troops and ruled from 284 until his abdication in 305. Wanting
A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines, Volumes I–IV
DIOCLETIAN (Docles, Diocles, Caius Valerius Diocletianus Jovius), a.d. 284–305. The acts that make the reign of this emperor memorable in the history of the church belong to its closing years. Had he died before a.d. 303 he would have taken his place among the rulers whose general tolerance helped Christianity
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
DIOCLETIANDiocletian (240–316) was the Roman emperor who instituted the last great persecution against Christians.The emperor himself, though not yet attached to the Christian religion, has entrusted the care of his life and person to these same Christians as his more faithful servants. Theonas of
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
DiocletianThe emperor Diocletian organized the Tetrarchic monetary system, reformed it in 294/96, and between 20 November and 9 December in 301 issued a comprehensive Price Edict (Edictum Diocletiani de pretiis rerum venalium, ed. T. Mommsen & H. Blumner [Berlin 1893]) limiting the prices of goods and
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
DIOCLETIAN, emperor (d. ca. 313). Of very humble Dalmatian origin, Diocletian fought as an officer in the emperor Numerian’s army when the latter was killed in 284, at the end of an unfortunate Persian campaign. Diocletian publicly accused the praetorian prefect Aprus of the crime and had him executed,
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Diocletian (245–313)Emperor of Rome, 284–305Born to parents of humble means in Dalmatia (now part of Yugoslavia), Diocles changed his name to Diocletian when he became emperor. As a young man he joined the army and rose in rank, becoming commander of the imperial guard. When the emperor, Numerian,