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Diocletian

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Definition: Roman emperor who instituted the Tetrarchy, which consisted of four rulers of the Empire. Maximianus was head of the Western Empire, and Diocletian was ruler of the Eastern Empire. Both adopted the title of "Augustus." Two generals, Constantine and Galerius, ruled in the name of "Augustus." Diocletian also tried to squash the Christian religion. It didn't work. Diocletian believed that 20 years was enough time any man to rule the Roman throne, so he stepped down 20 years after he became emperor, leaving the title of Augustus to Constantine.

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