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Galerius and the Will of Diocletian

By William Lewis Leadbetter Copyright 2009
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Drawing from a variety of sources - literary, visual, archaeological; papyri, inscriptions and coins – the author studies the nature of Diocletian’s imperial strategy, his wars, his religious views and his abdication. The author also examines Galerius’ endeavour to take control of Diocletian’s empire, his failures and successes, against the backdrop of Constantine’s remorseless drive to power.

    The first comprehensive study of the Emperor Galerius, this book offers an innovative analysis of his reign as both Caesar and Augustus, using his changing relationship with Diocletian as the principal key to unlock the complex imperial politics of the period.

    Introduction  1. Dynasts and Oligarchs  2. Iovius and Herculius  3. Caesar and Augustus  4. Galerius and Diocletian  5. Constantius Augustus  6. The Iovii and Herculii  7. Galerius Augustus.  Appendix: Stemma of the Iovii and Herculii.  Bibliography


    Bill Leadbetter lectures in Social Education and History at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He works on the political history of the Later Roman Empire, and has published widely. He is especially interested in political change and the politics of identity in the Roman world.

    "Galerius and the Will of Diocletian is a valuable read for anyone interested in the later Roman Empire." - Albert Nofi, The NYMAS Review