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T. P. Wiseman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263235

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263235.001.0001

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Discovery, autopsy and progress: Diocletian’s jigsaw puzzles

Discovery, autopsy and progress: Diocletian’s jigsaw puzzles

(p.145) 6 Discovery, autopsy and progress: Diocletian’s jigsaw puzzles
Classics in Progress

M. H. Crawford

British Academy

It is commonplace that historical enquiry evolves as successive generations ask different questions, in a complex interplay between, on the one hand, the intellectual traditions in which individual historians have grown up, the different traditions that they discover, and the world as a whole in which they move; on the other hand, an ever greater body of knowledge and a wider range of historical tools. This chapter explores, by way of the particular example of the edicts of the Emperor Diocletian on maximum prices and on the coinage, the story of the discovery and study of their texts. It examines the impact on historical enquiry both of chance discoveries and of deliberate autopsy.

Keywords:   Emperor Diocletian, historical enquiry, maximum prices, coinage, deliberate autopsy

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