Saturni'nus, L. Anto'nius
governor of Upper Germany in the reign of Domitian, raised a rebellion against that emperor from motives of personal hatred, A. D. 91.
A sudden inundation of the Rhine prevented Saturninus from receiving the assistance of the barbarians which had been promised him, and he was in consequence conquered without difficulty by L. Appius Maximus, the general of Domitian. Maximus burnt all the letters of Antonius, that others might not be implicated in the revolt; but Domitian did not imitate the magnanimity of his general, for he seized the pretext to put various persons to death along with Saturninus, and sent their heads to be exposed on the Rostra at Rome.
It is related that the victory over Antonius was announced at Rome on the same day on which it was fought.
As to the variations in the name of L. Appius Maximus in the different writers see MAXIMUS, p. 986b. (D. C. 67.11
; Suet. Dom. 6, 7 ;
Aurel. Vict. Epit. 11 ; Mart. 4.11
; Plut. Aemil. Paul. 25.