Diocletian was born in 244 AD to a poor family who lived in Dalmatia. Because he was poor, he would have never been important if he had not gone to the military. Diocletian joined the military in the 270’s. He quickly rose up the levels and became a general. In 283, he acted as the commander of the army, also known as the guard.
When emperor Numerian was assassinated, Diocletian was the first choice to be the emperor. Diocletian began ruling on November 20th, 284 AD. At that time, the Roman Empire had been in disarray for 50 years, therefore he knew he could not bring the whole Empire together by himself. Thus, Diocletian split the Empire into two parts. The East and the West.
Diocletian split the Empire with Maximian, another Roman captain. Diocletian ruled the West while Miamian ruled the East. Diocletian’s plan worked very well, for he and Maximian were not power-hungry. But there were still problems; people were at war through the Roman Empire about prices. Diocletian issued, “Diocletian’s Edict of Prices.” Yet no one listened to that decree.
During Diocletian’s reign, he and Maximian agreed to quit being emperor at 305 AD. Diocletian defeated many people whom had formerly oppressed the Roman Empire. Diocletian lived long enough to see the whole empire to fall again.
Diocletian had brought the Empire peace for a little time, but later, the empire fell into arrest again.