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IV, lncerti paneg. , ro. Mamertini genethl. , 6. , 6; cf. 2. , 14. 29 The Reforms of Viocletian are gods. '' 38 In reality it is Jupiter himself, the summus pater34 of all the emperors, who is present at the investiture and who adopts as a son the new Augustus or the new Caesar. The titles of Jovius and Herculius given to the Caesars of 293 and 305 on the day of their nomination were a justification of the choice; it is Jupiter himself who had chosen. 85 The tetrarchic state rested thus, firmly and immovably, in the eternal world order.

As far as I can see, the basic features of the picture do not change if one sees in Diocletian, as did earlier historians, the great systematizer who pressed a readymade governmental system upon the Empire, or if one sees him as William Seston does in his great work on Diocletian,S and in our opinion rightly, as the vigorous man of action who reacted to the challenge of events with strong measures and defensive efforts which only gradually took the form of a new system of government. Under this energetic regime which took without mercy the full consequences demanded by the situation and followed every line of thought to the very end, tendencies come into view which had long been latent in both the spiritual and material life of the time.

As the vine loses its individual "object-nature," it becomes condensed to a symbol. It is precisely this which is characteristic of tl1e transformation from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: the 12. c. objects lose their natural substance, their bodily volume, their concrete lifelike reality, but in return enclose a new "interior," a meaningful core, they become symbols and conceptual expressions. It is as if the natural objects flee from living perception and as if in their flight they are contracted to increasingly summary and simplified figures until, in the end, they remain only as fixed points of meaning in the distance.

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