The Humiliation of the Emperor Valerian by the Persian King Sapor by Hans Holbein the Younger, c. 1521
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In May, you may have seen a popular blog post on gory deaths of Roman emperors Roman Emperors, Up To AD 476 And Not Including Usurpers, In Order Of How Hardcore Their Deaths Were. A lovely book on the topic Imperial Exits (Review) came out in 1995. One of the particularly imperial exit-filled eras was the age of chaos or anarchy or Crisis of the Third Century that preceded the rise of Diocletian and the division of the Roman empire into the four parts known as the tetrarchy. See how well you've absorbed the data about the emperors' deaths in this period by taking this five-question self-grading quiz: Imperial Ends from 238-325.