Valerius Maximus Basilius (urban prefect 319)
Valerius Maximus was a member of the fourth century patrician Gens Valeria, either the son of Valerius Messalla, the Roman consul of AD 280, or (more likely) another descendant of Lucius Valerius Claudius Poplicola Balbinus Maximus, the consul of AD 253.
A pagan, Valerius Maximus’ early career is unknown. He must have had a successful political career, as he managed to be appointed Urban Prefect of Rome, serving from September 1, 319 until September 13, 323. He held this post while the emperor Constantine I was campaigning in the Balkans, and the emperor’s son, the Caesar Crispus was at Augusta Treverorum. The abnormally long period of time he held this post, and the extended imperial absence, indicate that he was a trusted imperial subordinate.
|Ancestors of Valerius Maximus Basilius|
- Martindale, J. R.; Jones, A. H. M, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Vol. I AD 260-395, Cambridge University Press (1971)
- Mennen, Inge, Power and Status in the Roman Empire, AD 193-284 (2011)
| Praefectus urbi of Rome
September 319 – September 323