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date: 04 December 2022



  • John Frederick Drinkwater


Maternus, deserter and leader of a major mutiny on the Rhine c. 185/6 ce. His activities indicate military unrest and indiscipline after the wars of Marcus *Aurelius, but not widespread social tension in the west. *Herodian(2)'s report (1. 10. 2–7) that the uprising spread throughout Gaul and into Spain, and that Maternus was killed while attempting to assassinate *Commodus in Rome, is unreliable.


  • Roman History and Historiography

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