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Palace of Diocletian
Split, Palace of Diocletian
ca. 300 CE
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On the modern Croatian coast, the remains of a fortified palace complex are associated with the emperor Diocletian.  Written sources suggest that upon his relinquishment of imperial power in 305 CE, Diocletian returned to life as a private citizen and planned to spend the rest of his days in repose at a site close to his birthplace.  Based on finds from the site, the architectural complex at Split is believed to be the area this emperor identified and elaborated in preparation for his retirement.  Today, the modern city of Split is built into and beyond the walls of the palace, preserving and in some cases obscuring the city's ancient elements.  Following the fall of the Tetrarchy, the site became home to Medieval churches and Renaissance palaces.  In 
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