Galerius in Roman Biography
Ga-le'rl-us, [Fr. Gai.ekk, gi'iaiR',] (Cai'us Vai.k'-
RIUS Maximia'.ni's,) a Roman emperor, was a native
of Dacia. and of humble origin. From the rank of private
soldier he rose to the highest commands in the
army. In the year 292 A.D. he was adopted as sou or
heir, with the title of Caesar, by Diocletian, whose
daughter he married ; and a few years later he commanded
the army which defeated the Persian king
Narses. The violent persecution of the Christians by
Diocletian is ascribed to the instigation of Galerius.
When Diocletian and Maximian abdicated, in 305, Galerius
and Constantius Chlorus succeeded as colleagues
in the empire, and the former took for his share Illyria,
Thrace, Macedonia, Greece, and the Eastern provinces.
His colleague having died in 306, Galerius wished to
choose Severus in his place; but Constantine and Maxentius
opposed him, and Severus was slain. After he
had failed in an attempt to capture Rome, he retired
to one of his provinces, and died in 311 a.d.
" Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ;" TlEfcsmont,
Histoire des Lnipereurs."