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The main reason was to reduce the ability of a single man to raise an army and wield it against the Tetrarchs. An army commander had troops (and possibly a lot of them) but did not have the infrastructure to keep them fed and supplied if he revolted. Similarly, a disaffected governor had no troops to raise a revolt. So an internal revolt had to rely on ...


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The Seven Hills of Rome is something of a misnomer, as three of them (Quirinal, Esquiline, and Viminal) are all protruding parts of one landmass. As in the Legendary Seven Kings of Rome, the attraction to seven is probably just that seven is a lucky number. Once you make the "Seven Hills" famous, it is pretty easy to pick out seven lumps in your city to ...


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The terms of the Augustan Settlement of 27 BC, where Augustus and the Senate defined respective powers, set a delay of five years from Consulship to receiving a Senatorial Province, so at least half of this gap was by law. The Senatorial provinces were, as a rule, staid and peaceful provinces as well, and had little or no military forces. The point ...



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