Gellius Maximus was the son of a physician and a member of the senate. He served as an officer in Legio IV Scythica in Syria and took advantage of the turmoil during the reign of Elagabalus to proclaim himself emperor. The rebellion was soon extinguished, and Gellius Maximus was executed.
- For further information on his father see Vivian Nutton, L. Gellius Maximus, Physician and Procurator, in: The Classical Quarterly, New Series, Vol. 21, No. 1 (1971), pp. 262–272.
- The main source for Gellius Maximus’ uprising is Cassius Dio, 80, 7. See also Phoebe Peacock, Usurpers under Elagabalus, De Imperatoribus Romanis.
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