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Galeria Valeria was the daughter of Emperor Diocletian and the second wife of Emperor Galerius. After her husband's death, she refused a proposal of marriage by Maximinus Daia. Infuriated he ordered her and her mother Prisca exiled to Syria. Diocletian begged Maximinus to allow his beloved daughter and wife to live with him, but Maximinus refused and imprisoned them in Syria. They escaped and wandered for 15 months in search of refuge before being recognized in the city of Saloniki. A mob seized the pair, dragged them to the town square, beheaded them and dumped their bodies in the sea.