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Roman portrait head.

Emperor from 285 to 305, Diocletian wished to restore the old stability of the Roman empire and to some extent succeeded — his reign was the first for well over a century to last twenty years.

Starting out as sole emperor, then as one of the Tetrarchs from 293, he based himself in the eastern empire and did not visit Rome until 303. He initiated numerous reforms in the political system, economy and the army. Unusually for a Roman emperor Diocletian abdicated peacefully, and retired to Croatia, his native country

Location of Original: 

Istanbul, Archaeological Museum 4864


Transferred from the Archaeological Institute of Göttingen University in August 1991


Verzeichnis der Gipsabgüsse des Archäologischen Instituts der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 220, no.A1156
Inan & Rosenbaum: Römische und Frühbyzantinische Porträtplastik aur der Turkei I, 61

c.290 CE

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