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Maxime II

( Roman Emperor)

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Maxim II, Petronius - Roman Emperor in March-May, 455 g. + 12 June 455 g.
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Maxim belonged to a wealthy and noble family Antsiev. In his youth he received a good education, was marked by many advantages both in private and in public life. When Valentinian III, he held the post three times praetorian prefect of Italy, was built twice in the title of Consul, and finally was granted the dignity of patrician (Gibbon: 36). But for all his achievements he was awarded the Emperor's black ingratitude. Procopius wrote that Valentinian enticed his wife Maxima, a woman of modest and beautiful. Without hope to achieve from it reciprocity, by cunning, he lured her into the palace and raped. Maxim, severely injured this despicable trick, used all his influence to have to punish the emperor. March 16 455 g. Valentinian was murdered. Then Maxim himself seized power and forced the Empress Eudoxia to marry him (his first wife died) (Procopius: 'War of Justinian', 3, 4). But the day of his ascension to the throne, according to Sidonia, was the last day of his well-being. Palace seemed to him to prison, and after he spent a sleepless night, he began to regret that he has reached the discharge of their desires. And indeed, his reign was short and unhappy (Gibbon: 36). Once, while on the couch with Eudoxia, he confessed that he killed Valentinian because of love for her. Eudoxia wanted revenge for his crime. Once the day came, she sent a message to Carthage, begging Vandal King Gizeriha attack on Rome and to punish her husband. Geezer responded to her wish, and with a strong fleet sailed to Italy (Procopius: 'War of Justinian', 3, 4-5). Maxim did not try to repulse the onslaught of the barbarians. When the Vandals disembarked at the mouth of the Tiber, he tried to flee. But as soon as the emperor appeared on the street, the mob attacked him and broke the stones (Gibbon: 36). His corpse was chopped into pieces, which the Romans divided among themselves (Procopius: 'War of Justinian', 3, 5).


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