Caesar of the Roman Empire
Portrait of Maximus, son of emperor Maximinus Thrax (reign 235–238), defaced after he and his father were declared enemies of the State.
Reign236 – May 238
DiedMay 238 (aged 18–21)
Gaius Julius Verus Maximus
Regnal name
Gaius Julius Verus Maximus Caesar
FatherMaximinus Thrax
MotherCaecilia Paulina

Gaius Julius Verus Maximus[a] (217/220 – May 238) was the son of the Roman Emperor Maximinus Thrax and his wife, Caecilia Paulina.


The unreliable Historia Augusta claims that emperor Severus Alexander considered marrying his sister Theoclia to Maximus but declined because he believed his sister would not enjoy having a Barbarian for a father-in-law.[1]

Maximinus appointed his son Maximus Caesar around 236, but he held little real power. Both were murdered by the Praetorian Guard in May 238, during the Siege of Aquileia in the Year of the Six Emperors.


  1. ^ He has also sometimes incorrectly been called Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus or Maximinus the Younger.


  1. ^ "Historia Augusta • the Two Maximini".