Maximinus I (235 - 238CE)

Maximinus I (20 March 235 - April 238CE). Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus, also known as Maximinus Thrax, was proclaimed emperor on March 22, 235 when the army lost patience with the unwarlike actions of Severus Alexander. He was the first "barracks emperor" and the first never to have entered Rome, and his reign signalled the start of the Crisis of the Third Century. Due to his hatred of the nobility and extreme cruelty towards anyone suspected of sedition, a number of rebellions and defections occurred. He, his son, Maximus, and his chief ministers were assassinated in a mutiny by his troops of II Parthica, and their heads were cut off, placed on poles, and carried to Rome by the cavalry.