"[Williams] has performed a valuable service for the profession as well as for the general reader ... his judgment of particular matters is invariably sound, and the book is a well-written synthesis."
-"American Historical Review USE
"Stephen Williams is not a professional Roman historian, but he is certainly an expert, and his view of Diocletian is original and convincing. ... [He] is an equitable and balanced historian and I think one can rely on him."
"This is the first biography of Diocletian in English and is written both for students of history and politics and for general readers."
-"The Bloomsbury Review USE
"This biography is never dull, for the author writes with considerable style, and he has the ability to turn a neat phrase."
-James E. Seaver "History Reviews of New Books
From the Back Cover
Stephen Williams's book, now in paperback for the first time, remains the only biography of Diocletian in English. 'Diocletian and the Roman Recovery' provides a historical narrative of Diocletian's remarkable reign and those of his fellow-emperors, along with a chapter-by-chapter study of each of the great problems he faced, the interlocking solutions he evolved to meet them, and the longer term results.