He is said to have been the instigator of the fierce persecution of the Christians under galerius in 303.
He was the natural son of galerius, the friend and benefactor of Licinius.
The emergency became so pressing that a council was held by Diocletian and galerius to determine what should be done.
However, Maximian and galerius were determined to put down the faith.
galerius had no choice but to encounter him on the ground which he had chosen.
Such was the case after the persecution raised in 303 by the Csar, galerius, during the last two years of the reign of Diocletian.
Heliogabalus and galerius are reported, when dining, to have regaled themselves with the sight of criminals torn by wild beasts.
The scene of their interview was the reception-room of Fausta, in the palace of the Emperor galerius.
But after six years of persecution, the mind of galerius, softened by salutary reflection, induced him to attempt some reparation.
galerius still reigned, and even Maximian revoked his resignation and appeared once more as Augustus.