MAXIMINUS THRAX: FROM COMMON SOLDIER TO EMPEROR OF ROME
296pp., 16 plates. 2016. Maximinus was a half-barbarian strongman who impressed the emperor Severus who enlisted him into the imperial bodyguard whereupon he embarked on a distinguished military career. Eventually he achieved senior command in the massive Roman invasion of Persia in 232 and three years later became emperor himself in a military coup.