Caesar’s Gallic War had brought Roman legions to the Rhine. After his victory, the Rhine was the border between Roman territory on the left bank and the free Germania on the right.
After Caesar’s victory, Germania disappeared for a while from the Roman historians’ field of vision. During the next years, the civil war within the Empire caught their attention.
The time of the Soldier Emperors (235-284/85) is considered as a time of crisis. The ongoing, forcibly brought about change on the Imperial throne did not allow the Roman Empire to get some peace.
At the end of the third century, a strong ruler ascended to the throne: Diocletian (284-305). In order to better rule the enormous empire, he split in into an eastern and a western half and appointed a co-emperor, and both emperors appointed an army leader as junior emperor (tetrarchy). The […]