National Geographic : 1962 Feb
(Continuedfrom page 228) Diocletian joined the Roman Army and won rapid promotion for valor in combat. When Numerian was murdered A.D. 284, Diocletian was proclaimed emperor. Upon taking the oath, he vowed to restore the decadent Roman Empire to its earlier glory. However, his struggle proved futile, so Diocletian abdicated and retired to his home land. He lived his last days in Split, where he built a luxurious palace. In those distant times the walls of Diocle tian's Palace faced on the water, and envoys from Rome docked there. Now a palm-shaded street runs along the quay. Palace Becomes Apartment House Tomo Marasovic, a young archeologist in Split, showed us everything from recently excavated cellars to tiled rooftops. "At first the people of the area sought pro tection within the palace walls from the in vading Avar armies," he told me. "However, Yugoslavia always had invading armies; so the people settled here permanently. Today hundreds of apartments are crammed into Diocletian's Palace" (opposite). Tomo insisted that Jane, Mate, and I dine at his father's home. Mr. Marasovic, a pros perous contractor and builder before the war, now operates on a much-reduced scale, since he is permitted to hire only five men. His three-story house sits high on a hill overlooking the city. Mrs. Maria Marasovic does her own cooking. Mate had warned me: "Eat a little of everything, but don't eat much of anything. Otherwise, you'll never get through the meal." Mrs. Marasovic proved Mate a prophet. I managed the soup and rice pilau easily Luxury to Laundry: Diocletian's Palace Becomes a Drying Yard British architect Robert Adam arrived in Split in 1757 to inspect the city within a house. Lacking a plan of the palace, Adam painstakingly traced original walls concealed behind haphazard constructions. His imag inative but largely accurate drawings of the palace filled a book. Published in Eng land, Adam's work inspired the best in Georgian architecture, a style that crossed the Atlantic and influenced the design of the White House in Washington, D. C. 233 ALL KULACHROMth J TI blLtH I M. HUbVt NU j N.I .>. Dalmatian handicrafts attract Romana. Deco rated leather covers the bottles; elaborate chasing adorns a coffee urn. Old-time minstrel's one-string instrument, known as a gusle, hangs above the linen tablecloth and napkins. Beauty wears a kerchief edged with the hand made lace for which the island of Pag is famed.