Map number 1: shows the Roman Empire while it was still a neat package of Dioceses. This could represent Rome for several hundred years previously. This map is chosen because it shows Rome just before the chaotic breakup of its continuous, static, and almost monotonous territorial existence. That territorial tranquility was going to change. The harbinger of change had already happened in the battle of Hadrianople, with the fall of a Roman army and its emperor, Valens, to the Goths in 378 A.D. This would be the last time in history a map would be drawn showing Rome in so orderly an arrangement.
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