Military Expansion: In 284 C.E. the Senior Augustus, Diocletian expanded the Roman legions fourfold. The empire was at its apex of expansion. The Byzantine author, Lydus, records Diocletian’s army at 389,704 soldiers and 45,562 in the navy fleet. The army had always taken the largest portion of the empire’s budget.
Monthly Archive: June 2012
November 284 – Diocletian Becomes Emperor. “Diocles (Diocletian’s original name form) went on with a brief retelling of what had followed. He ended his harangue, pointing an accusing finger at Aper, with the words ‘He is the murderer.’ Aper reacted with the fury of a wounded lion. ‘He is the murderer, not me,’
Both Sunni and Shi’a branches of Islam await the coming of their messianic leader, the Mahdi. The Sunni Muslims refer to him as the “rightly-guided and awaited one” and Shi’a Muslims acknowledge him by the title Sahib Al-Zaman, “The Lord of the Age.” The biblical scriptures know this figure as Satan who is likewise called …