January 17, 2010

Galerius, full name Galerius Valerius Maximianus, Roman Emperor, AD 305-11, born of humble parentage in Thrace. He served in the wars of Aurelian and Probus, and eventually married Diocletian’s daughter. In 293 Diocletian conferred upon him the title of Caesar with jurisdiction over Illyricum and the Danubian region.

On the abdication of Diocletian and Maximian in 305, Galerius attained the rank of Augustus. He was defeated by Maxentius in 307, losing Italy and Africa. Galerius’s name is associated with the persecution of Christians under Diocletian.

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