Maximinus

Maximus 235 – 238 A.D.

Young son of Maximinus who was proclaimed Caesar at the same time his father was hailed as Augustus immediately after the murders of Severus Alexander and his mother. Both were killed in a mutiny prior to a battle with the forces of Pupienus.   AR Denarius RIC 1, S 2372, C 1 Denarius Obv: IVLVERVSMAXIMVSCAES - Dressed bust right. Rev: PIETASAVG - Sacrificial implements. November 235 - February 236 (Rome). RIC 3, BMC 211, C 10 Denarius Obv: MAXIMVSCAESGERM - Bare-headed, draped bust right. Rev: PRINCIVVENTVTIS - Maximus standing left, holding baton and reversed spear, behind,...

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Julia Mamaea c.190 – 235 A.D.

Mother of Severus Alexander. Mamaea was made Augusta by Severus shortly after his accession and she shared his fatal fate on the night of the coup started by Maximinus.   AU Aureus RIC 342 (Severus Alexander), BMC 42, C 36 Aureus Obv: IVLIAMAMAEAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: IVNOCONSERVATRIX - Juno, diademed and veiled, standing left, holding patera and scepter; at her feet, peacock. $32,591 12/5/02. AR Denarius RIC 331, (Severus Alexander), S 8207, C 5 Denarius Obv: IVLIAMAMAEAAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: FECVNDAVGVSTI - Fecunditas standing left, holding her hand...

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Gordian I 238 A.D.

Gordian came from an influential Roman family and had served in several high-ranking posts. He was appointed Governor of Carthage and some years into his duties a serious tax revolt erupted because of the drastic taxing Maximinus was imposing to fund his war machine. The elderly Gordian saw that the revolt would culminate in his own death unless he took action. In a life-saving marketing move he came across as the friend of the people and equally disgusted with the situation and was named emperor. The Roman Senate went along with this since they much preferred him to Maximinus. Although he made...

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Galeria Valeria ? – 315 A.D

Valeria was the daughter of Diocletian. To legitimize Diocletian's new scheme of dividing the empire into two halves, he had his daughter marry Galerius and move to the Eastern headquarters. Her marriage to Galerius was apparently an unhappy one and when he died his successor, Maximinus, attempted to marry her to cement his own power. Because this was evidently another marriage of convenience she refused and he exiled her to a remote village. He too died soon after and was succeeded by Licinius who, in turn, still bore her ill will over her spurning Maximinus. He had sent for her to have her executed...

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