He was born in 173 AD (or 172 AD). Was of a 'mixed-barbarian' ethnic background (Gothic & Alanic?). Thrax means "the Thracian", but was not used until the 4th century and not contemporary. Is thought to have acromegaly. Joined the army in 190 AD (or so). Rumored to have met Septimius Severus and due to his limited Latin instead of talking to him he performed feats of strength for the emperor. Septimius took special interest in him and he rose through the ranks. In 231 AD, Severus Alexander rose a legion, Legio IV Italica, and placed Maximinus as commander. Maximinus led the legion in Egypt in 232 AD, was governor of Mesopotamia, and then led his legion in the German campaigns in West. The legion/army didn't like the softness and passivity of Severus' approach with the Germanic people. They killed Severus and his mother and proclaimed Maximinus as emperor in March 20, 235. The Senate approved his ascension due to the army's backing, though they did not like his status and ethnical background. With Maximinus being a lifelong soldier, he continued to conduct successful campaigns and in doing so spent lots of money, of which the Senate did not like. Taxes were increased to support the campaigns, hurting Maximinus' popularity. In 238 AD, the populace of Africa revolted naming their own governor (Gordian I) and his son (Gordian II) as emperors. The Senate, disliking Maximinus, supported this uprising making both Gordians as Augustus. Maximinus began to then march on Rome to reclaim his rule. The Gordians were hated by the governor of the neighboring region and raided Carthage killing Gordian II, after which Gordian I killed himself. The Senate, after their vocal backing of the Gordians, decided to then back young Gordian III declaring him as Caesar, while in Rome Balbinus and Pupienus were elected as co-emperors. Maximinus continued his march on Rome, but when Aquileia refused to offer them shelter. He initiated a siege on the city. The siege was unexpected and drawn out, and as a result, the soldiers were getting sick and tired (no, literally) of the situation. In May 238 AD, members of the army assassinated Maximinus, his son, and other leadership. They placed their heads on poles and marched them to Rome. Was the first of the 3rd century soldier emperors. Here is my new sestertius (shipped from Germany with about a 30 day travel time): Maximinus Thrax, Ruled 235-238 AD AE Sestertius, Struck 236 AD, 2nd emission, Rome mint Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and scepter. References: RIC IV 58 Size: 30-31mm, 17.2g And my new denarius from April/May: Maximinus Thrax, Ruled 235-238 AD AR Denarius, Struck 236 AD, Rome mint Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: P M TR P II COS P P Maximinus, in military dress, standing left between two standards, raising his right hand in salute and holding spear in his left. References: RIC 3 Size: 21mm, 2.95g And here is my other sestertius from late last year: Maximinus Thrax, Ruled 235-238 AD AE Sestertius, Rome Mint Struck 235-236 AD, 2nd Emission Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: VICTORIA AVG, Victory, winged, draped, advancing right, holding wreath in extended right hand and palm in left hand, S-C across fields. References: RIC IV 67 Size: 30mm, 17.0g Please share any missing or mistaken info about my man Max-Thrax, share a coin, etc!