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If others regarded this office as a matter of pleasure, that was not DiocletIan's fault; he regarded_it as an awesome and responsible obligation WhICh children and graybeards must be spared for their own and the Empire's happiness. At the same time the just ambition of the current Caesars was taken into the reckoning; they could now calculate the day and the hour by which at latest (if nothing transpired in the interval) they would ascend the throne. It was WIth the feeling of a man who knew the day of his death that the Emperor celebrated at live-year intervals the quinquennalia, and then the decennalia, and then the quindecennaha; inexorably there approac1Ied the vicennalia, upon whIch he must divest himself of the purple.
If a man's business or rank made access to the Emperor possible, he must follow Oriental usage and prostrate himself to make his address. " Nor was the change confined to mute forms: the critical word too was pronounced. The Emperor no longer called himself by the titles of republican Rome, now grown empty, such as the consulship, the tribunician power, and the like; he was now called Dominus, Lord. Roman feeling had smb· bomly resisted the title Rex because of the word's disagreeable associatIons.
Nor was the change confined to mute forms: the critical word too was pronounced. The Emperor no longer called himself by the titles of republican Rome, now grown empty, such as the consulship, the tribunician power, and the like; he was now called Dominus, Lord. Roman feeling had smb· bomly resisted the title Rex because of the word's disagreeable associatIons. The Greeks had always been used to the royal title in Sparta and the semi-civilized neighboring countries and had themselves employed it for cenmries for the sue· cessors of Alexander; from the very beginning they called the Roman Emperors BaaLAElt;:, "'Kings," because the maintenance of the republican fiction was to them meaningless.