about the life of Magnus
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of
Magnus, Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.
Magnus Maximus the Usurper - Roman Coins, or coinage
Magnus was a usurper. Usurper is a term used to
describe an illegal claimant to the throne without securing
"the consent of the governed." Usurpers were a common
feature of the late Roman Empire, especially from the crisis
of the third century onwards. Every new emperor, either
legal or illegal, marked the beginning of his rule by
minting new coins, both for the prestige of declaring
oneself as Augustus and to pay the loyal soldiers their
share. Roman coins, or coinage, is often the only evidence
of a determined usurpation such as that of Magnus.
about the life of Magnus Maximus
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Magnus from the following facts and information about his life.
Gratian was defeated and put to
death, A.D. 383, by the usurper, Maximus, who also deprived
Valentinian II. of his
province of Italy. Magnus Maximus made his capital at
Augusta Treverorum (Treves, Trier) in Gaul and ruled
Britain, Gaul, Spain, and Africa. Magnus Maximus features in
the myths and legends of England and Wales. According to
Geoffrey of Monmouth, the Medieval author of Historia
regum Britanniae, Maximian, as Magnus Maximus is referred
to, was a Roman senator and nephew of King Coel (Old
King Cole origins) through his brother Joelinus and was
king of the Britons. In 387 Magnus Maximus forced
Valentinian II out of Rome. Theodosius the Great defeated
the usurper in A.D. 388 and the Usurper Magnus Maximus was
executed on August 28, 388 in Aquileia. Valentinian II was
restored to his throne.