Maximian (c. 250 – c. 310) was Roman Emperor from 285 to 305. He was
Caesar from 285 to 286, then Augustus from 286 to 305. He shared the
latter title with his co-emperor and superior, Diocletian, whose
political brain complemented Maximian's military brawn. Maximian
established his residence at Trier but spent most of his time on
campaign. From 285 to 288, he fought against Germanic tribes along the
Rhine frontier. After Carausius's rebellion in Northern Gaul was put
down in 296, Maximian moved south to combat piracy near Hispania and
Berber incursions in Mauretania. When these campaigns concluded, he
returned to Rome in 299 to receive a triumph. After several years of
leisure, he retired as Augustus at Diocletian's request in 305.
However, he took up the title once again the following year, joining
his son Maxentius in rebellion. After a failed leadership challenge in
307, Maximian fled to the court of Constantine in Trier. At the Council
of Carnuntum in November 308, Diocletian forced Maximian to once again
renounce his imperial claim. In early 310, Maximian attempted to seize
Constantine's title while the emperor was on campaign on the Rhine. Few
supported him, and he was captured by Constantine. He committed suicide
later that year on Constantine's orders.
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