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Name:  Galerius
Brief biography:  One of the Tetrarchs as Caesar to Diocletian, then Augustus of the East.
Nationality:  Roman
Occupation:  Emperor
Place of birth:  Europe: Bulgaria, Sofia
Period of rule:  293-311
Date of death:  311
Place of death:  Eurasia: Izmit

Galerius was a soldier in the Roman army, who became a close ally of the Emperor Diocletian, and was raised to be his Caesar during the creation of the Tetrarchy in 293. As part of this arrangement, Galerius was married to Diocletian's daughter, Galeria Valeria. Much of his Caesarship was spent fighting the Sasanian Empire.

In 305, Diocletian retired, and forced Maximian to retire too. This left Galerius as Augustus in the East, and Constantius in the West. Galerius set up two of his supporters, Maximinus Daia and Severus, as Caesars to himself and Constantius. In raising his own people to Caesars, Galerius dangerously frustrated the ambitions of Maxentius and Constantine, the sons of Maximian and Constantius. Galerius was forced to acknowledge Constantine, and Maxentius managed to defeat and kill Severus. With Diocletian's help, Galerius tried to reassert his authority again, by replacing Severus with Licinius, and forcing Maximian back into retirement.

Galerius was later set up as a hate figure by the ultimately victorious Christian writers of the era, such as Lactantius and Eusebius, who portrayed Galerius as a brutal persecutor of Christians. It is also possible that their description of Galerius's eventual death in 311 from some form of necrosis is exaggerated to demonstrate God's wrath.

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Galerius; Diocletian; Lugdunum
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Galerius; Diocletian; Lugdunum
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Galerius; Diocletian; Lugdunum
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Antoninianus
Galerius; Diocletian; Lugdunum
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Argenteus
Diocletian; Galerius; Constantius I; Maximian; Treveri
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Argentius
Maximian; Constantius I; Galerius; Diocletian; Treveri
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Argentius
Constantius I; Galerius; Maximian; Diocletian; Rome
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Argentius
Maximian; Constantius I; Galerius; Diocletian; Rome
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Argentius
Constantius I; Galerius; Maximian; Diocletian; Treveri
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Londinium
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Follis
Galerius; Treveri
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Follis
Galerius; Ticinum
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Treveri
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Thessalonica
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Follis
Galerius; Kyzikos
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Carthage
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Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Treveri
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Follis
Galeria Valeria; Galerius; Alexandria
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Galerius; Diocletian; Londinium
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Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Londinium
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Siscia
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Rome
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Follis
Galerius; Antioch
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Aquileia
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Follis
Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Ticinum
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Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Aquileia
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Follis
Galerius; Kyzikos
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Lugdunum
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Follis
Galeria Valeria; Galerius; Thessalonica
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Lugdunum
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Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Carthage
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Follis
Galeria Valeria; Galerius; Heraclea
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Follis
Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Kyzikos
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Ticinum
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Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Treveri
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Galerius; Diocletian; Londinium
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Galerius; Alexandria
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Galerius; Diocletian; Treveri
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Constantine I; Galerius; Antioch
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Follis
Galerius; Alexandria
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Antioch
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Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Londinium
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Follis
Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Treviri
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Galerius; Diocletian; Antioch
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Galerius; Alexandria
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Constantine I; Galerius; Treveri
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Constantine I; Galerius; Treveri
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Galerius; Diocletian; Lugdunum
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Galerius; Ticinum
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Constantine I; Galerius; Kyzikos
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Follis
Galerius; Alexandria
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Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Carthage
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Galerius; Diocletian; Rome
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Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Ticinum
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Constantine I; Galerius; Kyzikos
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Galerius; Diocletian; Rome
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Galerius; Nikomedia
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Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Londinium
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Galerius; Diocletian; Ticinum
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Constantine I; Galerius; Ticinum
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Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Alexandria
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Constantine I; Galerius; Lugdunum
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Galerius; Diocletian; Aquileia
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Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Alexandria
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Constantine I; Galerius; Treveri
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Galerius; Lugdunum
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Galerius; Alexandria
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Galeria Valeria; Galerius; Antioch
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Londinium
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Treveri
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Alexandria
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Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Treveri
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Follis
Galeria Valeria; Galerius; Serdica
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Follis
Galerius; Alexandria
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Follis
Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Alexandria
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Follis
Galeria Valeria; Galerius; Siscia
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Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Thessalonica
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Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Treveri
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Follis
Galerius; Alexandria
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Half-Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Treveri
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Radiate Fractional Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Rome
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Radiate Fractional Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Alexandria
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Radiate Fractional Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Rome
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Radiate Fractional Follis
Maximinus Daia; Galerius; Alexandria
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Radiate Fractional Follis
Constantine I; Galerius; Alexandria
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Radiate Fractional Follis
Galerius; Diocletian; Kyzikos
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