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From at least 297 on, imperial taxation was standardized, made more equitable, and levied at generally higher rates.
Not all of Diocletian's plans were successful: the Edict on Maximum Prices (301), his attempt to curb inflation via price controls, was counterproductive and quickly ignored.
He raised his sword to the light of the sun and swore an oath disclaiming responsibility for Numerian's death.
He established new administrative centres in Nicomedia, Mediolanum, Sirmium, and Trier, closer to the empire's frontiers than the traditional capital at Rome.He lived out his retirement in his palace on the Dalmatian coast, tending to his vegetable gardens.His palace eventually became the core of the modern-day city of Split in Croatia.On 20 November 284, the army of the east gathered on a hill 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) outside Nicomedia.The army unanimously saluted Diocles as their new augustus, and he accepted the purple imperial vestments.