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History, Facts and Information about Maximinus Thrax
The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the Emperor Maximinus Thrax who ruled the empire of Ancient Rome. Read about the life of Elagabalus who can be described or remembered as:

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Short Biography about the life of Maximinus Thrax
Short Biography profile and facts about one of the most famous Romans of all, in the life of Maximinus Thrax, Emperor of Rome and provinces of the Roman Empire.

  • Name commonly known as: Maximinus Thrax
  • Latin Roman Name: Gaius Iulius Verus Maximinus
  • Reigned as Roman Emperor / Caesar: 20 March 235 - April 238
  • Dynasty / Historical Period: Crisis of the Third Century - Year of the Six Emperors
  • Place and Date of Birth: Born c. 173 in Thrace (covered parts of Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria)
  • Name of previous Emperor: His predecessor or the Emperor before Maximinus Thrax was Alexander Severus
  • Family connections / Genealogy
    • Name of Father and Mother: Unknown
    • Married: Caecilia Paulina
    • Children: Gaius Julius Verus Maximus
  • Place and Date of Death: Died April 238 in Aquileia in Italy
  • Name of next Emperor:  The successor to Maximinus Thrax was Balbinus andPupienus

Interesting facts about the life of Maximinus Thrax
Obtain a fast overview of the times of the Roman Emperor Maximinus Thrax from the following facts and information about his life. Why was Maximinus Thrax famous? Accomplishments, achievements and important events. The previous emperor, Alexander Severus, was assassinated by a band of discontented soldiers and Maximin (aka Maximinus Thrax), a Thracian peasant of great personal strength, who had risen to a high command in the army, was raised to the throne. Maximinus Thrax began his reign in A.D. 235 by massacring many of the friends of the late emperor, and even all those who showed any regret for his death. He was a fierce, ignorant barbarian, but was very successful in his wars against the Germans, having ravaged their country, and sent great numbers of them to be sold as slaves in Italy. He also defeated the Dacians (people from Romania and Moldova, as well as parts of Hungary, Bulgaria and Ukraine) and Sarmatians (people from the Steppes). But his severities produced a revolt in Africa, where the legions proclaimed their proconsul Gordian emperor, then in the eightieth year of his age. The Senate now revolted against Maximinus Thrax, and ordered all his friends in Rome to be put to death. Maximinus Thrax now made peace with the barbarians, and marched toward Italy, while, in the mean time, Gordian and his son were defeated and slain in Africa. The Senate immediately elected Papianus and Balbinus emperors, to whom, in order to gratify the people, they joined the younger Gordian, then only twelve years of age. Maximinus Thrax entered Italy and besieged Aquileia, but his soldiers, weary of the length of the siege, put him to death in A.D. 238.

Dynasties of Roman Emperors - Crisis of the Third Century (235 - 284)
The Crisis of the Third Century was the period in Roman history following the death of Alexander Severus when Rome entered into the era of Military Anarchy commonly known as the Crisis of the Third Century. During the Crisis of the Third Century, lasting over 50 years, not one single Emperor died of natural causes. Revolts sprung up in virtually all of the provinces and ambitious men struggled for power. During the crisis there were civil wars, street fights between the citizens of Rome and soldiers of the imperial guard,  fierce foreign enemies, plagues, famines, fire and earthquakes.

Dynasties of Roman Emperors - Year of the Six Emperors (238)
The Year of the Six Emperors (238) and the start of the Barracks Emperors. There were six emperors in 238 AD and each of them were officially recognized by the Roman Senate. Their names were Maximinus Thrax, Gordian I, Gordian II, Balbinus, Pupienus and Gordian III. By the end of the Year of the Six Emperors five had died a violent and bloody death leaving the 13 year old Gordian III as the sole Roman Emperor.

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