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Ma'ximuis Caesar

whose full name was C. JULUS VEUS MAXIMUS, was the son of Maximinus I., upon whose accession he became Caesar and Princeps Juventutis; and having accompanied the emperor in the campaigns against the barbarians, he was subsequently styled Germanicus, Sarmaticuas, and Dacicus. It does not appear probable, however, that he was invested with the tribunician power or with the consulship, or that he was ever formally associated in the imperial dignity with the title of Augustus, although such legends as VICTORIA AUGUSTORUM and MAXIMINUS ET MAXIMUS. AUGUSTI. GERMANICI, are found upon medals. He was murdered, along with his father, by the troops while besieging Aquileia, A. D. 238, at the age of eighteen, or, according to other authorities, twenty-one. From coins and inscriptions we are enabled to pronounce with certainty that his name was maximus, and not Maximinus, as Capitolinus would lead us to suppose.

This youth was equally celebrated for the surpassing beauty of his person, the elaborate finish of his dress, and the excessive haughtiness of his demeanour. He was, however, educated with much care, was well acquainted with Greek and Latin literature, and seems in many respects to have had a good disposition. It is said that Alexander had at one time some thoughts of bestowing his sister, Theoclia, upon Maximus in marriage; and at a later period he was betrothed to Junia Fadilla, a great-grand-daughter of Antoninus. (Capitolinus, Maximin. jun.; Eckhel, vol. vii. p. 291, 297; MAXIMINUS 1.)


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