The first full-length biography of the half-barbarian emperor.
Maximinus was a Thracian tribesman “of frightening appearance and colossal size” who could smash stones with his bare hands and pull fully laden wagons unaided. Such feats impressed the emperor Severus who enlisted Maximinus into the imperial bodyguard whereupon he embarked on a distinguished military career. Eventually he achieved senior command in the massive Roman invasion of Persia in 232 AD, and three years later he became emperor himself in a military coupthe first common soldier ever to assume the imperial throne.
Supposedly more than seven feet tall (it is likely he had a pituitary disorder), Maximinus was surely one of Rome’s most extraordinary emperors. He campaigned across the Rhine and Danube for three years until a rebellion erupted in Africa and the snobbish senate engaged in civil war against him.
This is a narrative account of the life and times of the Thracian giant, from his humble origins up to and beyond the civil war of 238 AD. Replete with accounts of treachery, assassination, and civil war, Maximinus Thrax is written for enthusiasts of Roman history and warfare.
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About the Author
Paul N. Pearson is a professor at Cardiff University in the UK. This book is the product of years of research, including personal study of the battlefields and other key sites in Germany and Italy. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Chapter I Nurs'd in Blood and War 1
Chapter II Cursus Maximini 17
Chapter III Regime Change 35
Chapter IV Duke of the Riverbank 48
Chapter V Empire's Edge 69
Chapter VI Soldier-Emperor 85
Chapter VII Echoes in Eternity 100
Chapter VIII Maximinus Augustus 109
Chapter IX Provok'd Rebellion 120
Chapter X The Noble and the Brave 130
Chapter XI Bellum Civile 145
Chapter XII A New Start 170
Chapter XIII Empire of Fortune 181
Chapter XIV The Giant's Legacy 190
Chapter XV Postscript: The Ogre in the Met 207
Appendix I Sources 221
Appendix II Chronology of 238 228
Literature Cited 268