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By Jacob Burckhardt

In the current paintings it's been the author's layout to explain the extraordinary part century from the accession of Diocletian to the demise of Constantine in its caliber as a interval of transition. What was once meant was once no longer a background of the existence and reign of Constantine, nor but an encyclopedia of all worth-while details bearing on this era. really have been the numerous and crucial features of the modern international to be defined and formed right into a perspicuous comic strip of the whole.

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While Rome itself was DEFECTIONS IN THE EAST 33 threatened with illvaslOn by nameless oordes and the S'enate was constrained to organize a hasty ciVil guard, the Eastern countries one after the other ren~unced theIr allegiance. First the worthless parricide Cyriades allowed himself to be put forward by Shapur as pretender to the Roman throne, until Macrianus with hIS sons and hi, brave Prefect Bahsta rose to be savior of the Roman East (260). Shapur was forced to flee, and his harem was taken captIve.

The generals then jOllltIy dispatched the followlllg communICatIOn to the Senate: "The courageous and successful armies to the Senate and people of Rome: Our Emperor Aurehan has been murdered by the craft of one man and the delusion of good and bad men. " This letter does honor to all can· cerned - to Aurelian, who is so handsomely jushfied, to the Senate, and to the anmes. in whose name it IS clear that the generals entered upon the negotrations. On the part of men who had helped Aurelian subdue the world, thIS action cannot have been merely an emohonal beau geste.

This remarkable transition merits examinatIon in detail. 60), contrary to all international law, while his son Gallienus was occupied with the war against the Germans, utter confusIOn set in. While Rome itself was DEFECTIONS IN THE EAST 33 threatened with illvaslOn by nameless oordes and the S'enate was constrained to organize a hasty ciVil guard, the Eastern countries one after the other ren~unced theIr allegiance. First the worthless parricide Cyriades allowed himself to be put forward by Shapur as pretender to the Roman throne, until Macrianus with hIS sons and hi, brave Prefect Bahsta rose to be savior of the Roman East (260).

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