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Maximinus Thrax: From Common Soldier to Emperor of Rome

Maximinus Thrax: From Common Soldier to Emperor of Rome

by Paul N. Pearson
Maximinus Thrax: From Common Soldier to Emperor of Rome

Maximinus Thrax: From Common Soldier to Emperor of Rome

by Paul N. Pearson



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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 coup—the 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510708754
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 644,792
File size: 8 MB

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

Acknowledgements vii

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction xiii

Prologue xvii

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

Endnotes 230

Literature Cited 268

Index 286

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