Petronius Maximus

396 - 455

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Petronius Maximus (c. 397 – 31 May 455) was Roman emperor of the West for two and a half months in 455. A wealthy senator and a prominent aristocrat, he was instrumental in the murders of the Western Roman magister militum, Aëtius, and the Western Roman emperor, Valentinian III. Maximus secured the throne the day after Valentinian's death by ensuring the backing of the senate and by bribing the palace officials. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Petronius Maximus has received more than 375,021 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Petronius Maximus is the 780th most popular politician (up from 1,115th in 2019), the 348th most popular biography from Italy (up from 457th in 2019) and the 56th most popular Italian Politician.

Petronius Maximus was most famous for being a Roman Emperor. He was the emperor of Rome from 455 to 456.

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Among politicians, Petronius Maximus ranks 780 out of 15,710Before him are Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor, Lavrentiy Beria, Walter Ulbricht, Justin I, Harald Bluetooth, and Simon of Cyrene. After him are Chaim Weizmann, Enver Pasha, Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden, Béla IV of Hungary, Harold Wilson, and James V of Scotland.

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Among people born in 396, Petronius Maximus ranks 1After him is Marcian. Among people deceased in 455, Petronius Maximus ranks 2Before him is Valentinian III. After him are Justa Grata Honoria and Kumaragupta I.

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Among people born in Italy, Petronius Maximus ranks 348 out of 4,088Before him are Pope Honorius IV (1210), Guido Reni (1575), Pope Anacletus (1), Pope Innocent IV (1195), Pope Boniface I (370), and Pope Benedict II (635). After him are Primo Levi (1919), Claudio Abbado (1933), Pope John XV (1000), Matteo Ricci (1552), Pope Lucius III (1110), and Cato the Younger (-95).


Among politicians born in Italy, Petronius Maximus ranks 56Before him are Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1519), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (-89), Publius Quinctilius Varus (-46), Geta (189), Umberto I of Italy (1844), and Charles IV of Spain (1748). After him are Cato the Younger (-95), Gordian III (225), Scipio Aemilianus (-185), Aldo Moro (1916), Ancus Marcius (-675), and Roger II of Sicily (1095).