Roman Emperor. He was born in 173 AD, and contemporary stories say he was born into a peasant family and began life as a shepherd. He joined the army as a young man and took part in Alexander Severus's campaigns against the Persians before being placed in charge of training new recruits for suppressing uprisings in Germany. In 235 AD these troops proclaimed him Emperor and Severus was murdered. On becoming Emperor he waged military campaigns to stamp out the German rebellions, but soon faced two coup attempts; a plot by ex-consul Magnus to prevent his return across the Rhine, and an uprising by soldiers loyal to the memory of Severus. He then named his son Maximus as Caesar and deified his late wife before fighting campaigns against the Dacians and Sarmatians. The financial cost of these campaigns caused increasing discontent and a revolt broke out in Tunisia, where the provincial governor Gordian was proclaimed Emperor. The senate supported Gordian and Maximinus led his armies back to Rome to deal with the revolt. After being prevented from reaching Rome by the resistance of the city of Aquilea, he and his son were killed in 238 AD by the cities soldiers. They were beheaded and their bodies left to be eaten by wild animals.
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