'The Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs' depicts the four rulers in charge of the entire Empire, instituted by Emperor Diocletian in 300AD, to rule four parts of the Empire. To rule and support each other for the good of Rome.
The reason why I post this up is to compare early medieval Ireland after the death of Diarmait Mac Cerbaill to Rome. Although no one had chosen for Ireland's major kingship to be spelt in to four family's of the Uí Néill. There are many differences between Ireland and Rome. From the view of four rulers working together but aiming to be more powerful then the other co-ruler, Ireland can be seen as looking similar to Rome in the 4th century.
With four major family's the Cenél Conaill and Cenél nEógain in the North and the Children of Diarmait Mac Cerbaill the Colmán Mór and Aéd Sláine giving rule in the center of Ireland. Although there are many other sub-breaches to the Uí Néill these are the main family's of the Uí Néill. For them who every had the title of king of Tara was the ruler of not just the King of all of the Uí Néill but in there view as part of there Christian conversation Rome under the Pope would see the King of Tara as the rightful king of Ireland. Although later on we know Rome under the Pope had no clue what was going as seen in letters sent to and from Ireland and Rome. That Rome in fact had no clue what was going on in Ireland, even thinking that the country was still pagan.
The Kingship of Tara unlike in Rome wasn't taken by force in fact in was given to the most rightful King. Someone who was seen as a good and just ruler and also had the largest army. You'll find most Rulers that had taken over the Kingship of Tara would have played little to no role in the last war and in fact are seen to be ruling a peaceful land with a very large army when the former king of Tara is killed. This way of life had be dominant in Ireland from 539 until the coming of the Vikings in 795.
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