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date: 03 December 2020

Marius, Maximuslocked

  • Christopher Pelling

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Marius Maximus, biographer of twelve emperors from *Nerva to *Elagabalus, continuator and imitator of *Suetonius. He is probably the Marius Maximus who governed Syria, Africa, and Asia, was *praefectus urbi in ce 217–18, and held his second consulship in 223. His biographies mixed the anecdotal and scurrilous with the diligent quotation of lengthy documents. Like Suetonius, he arranged his material by categories. His work influenced the *Historia Augusta and provided some of its material (he is quoted there 26 times): he may even have been the main source, at least for some Lives (especially Elagabalus), though the issue is fiercely disputed. *Ammianus Marcellinus 28. 4. 14 deplores the taste of those who were still reading him.

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