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Galerius and the Will of Diocletian

1st Edition

By William Lewis Leadbetter


280 pages

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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.


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

Table of Contents

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

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Roman Imperial Biographies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Rome