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Building on third-century trends towards absolutism, he styled himself an autocrat, elevating himself above the empire's masses with imposing forms of court ceremonies and architecture.
Bureaucratic and military growth, constant campaigning, and construction projects increased the state's expenditures and necessitated a comprehensive tax reform.
Under this 'tetrarchy', or "rule of four", each emperor would rule over a quarter-division of the empire.
Diocletian secured the empire's borders and purged it of all threats to his power.
He defeated the Sarmatians and Carpi during several campaigns between 285 and 299, the Alamanni in 288, and usurpers in Egypt between 297 and 298.
Galerius, aided by Diocletian, campaigned successfully against Sassanid Persia, the empire's traditional enemy. Diocletian led the subsequent negotiations and achieved a lasting and favorable peace.
From at least 297 on, imperial taxation was standardized, made more equitable, and levied at generally higher rates.
Diocletian's reign stabilized the empire and marks the end of the Crisis of the Third Century.On 20 November 284, the army of the east gathered on a hill 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) outside Nicomedia.The army unanimously saluted Diocles as their new augustus, and he accepted the purple imperial vestments.He lived out his retirement in his palace on the Dalmatian coast, tending to his vegetable gardens.His palace eventually became the core of the modern-day city of Split in Croatia.