The greatest general of Rome during the 2nd century AD, he served loyally under Emperor Marcus Aurelius during his campaign against the Germanic tribes at Vindobona (Vienna, Austria). Maximus overpowered him and pushed Commodus' dagger into his neck, killing him. Maximus Decimus Meridius was a high ranking Roman general in command of multiple Roman legions who served under the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in his Twelve Year Campaign against the barbarians in Germania. Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Commodus ordered him to be arrested, and he also had his wife and son crucified after his wife was ravaged by his men. Proximo, a former gladiator who was now a trainer of gladiators, rounded up several strong men to die for him so that he could make money off of their competitions. 192 Rome, Italia, Roman Empire(aged 48) Maximus escaped the execution, killing the executioner and the Praetorian Guard legionnaires that tried to stop him. However, he was captured and most of the gladiators killed or captured, and Maximus was forced to fight Commodus in the Colisseum in front of Rome. However, this news did not bode well with Marcus Aurelius' jealous and malevolent son Commodus, who suffocated his father to death. Maximus "the Spaniard" Decimus Meridius (144-192) was the commander of the Armies of the North and the Felix Legions under the Roman Empire.The greatest general of Rome during the 2nd century AD, he served loyally under Emperor Marcus Aurelius during his campaign against the Germanic tribes at Vindobona (Vienna, Austria).Marcus Aurelius wanted him to succeed him and make Rome a republic … Occupation He eventually killed Commodus, but died shortly after. Maximus and his subordinate Quintus defeated the Barbarians in a battle. He wanted Rome to be a republic again, but Maximus said that he was away from his wife and son for nearly three years. Maximus took on the name "Spaniard" and displayed his strength against several Gladiators in many games and arenas. Marcus Aurelius wanted him to succeed him and make Rome a republic again, but Marcus was murdered by his son Commodus, who attempted to have him executed. Maximus refused to kill Tigris, and spared the Gladiator's life. Historica Wiki is a FANDOM Games Community. He later served as a Gladiator in the arena after he escaped Commodus. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Pagan Commodus made plans for Maximus to fight Tigris of Gaul for the next game, striving for Maximus to die. https://gladiator2000.fandom.com/wiki/Maximus_Decimus_Meridius?oldid=4746. Juba buried wooden figures of his wife and son with him, swearing to meet him again some day in the afterlife. The crowd shouted to Commodus to let Maximus live, and the Praetorians spared him. "the Spaniard" Commodus attempted to pass off his death as a natural death in his sleep and asked for Maximus' allegiance, but Maximus passed him by. Birth name Eventually, Proximo brought him to Rome and gave him his armor, and he told him to win the hearts of the people so that he could gain his freedom. Meridius Name Meaning. (TV series) Maximus Musicus, the main character of a musical educational franchise of the same name; Maximus "Max" Zamfirescu, a character in the 1998 movie My Giant; Other He later avenged his family in the Colosseum of Rome by killing Commodus during the 150 days of games. Born Maximus "the Spaniard" Decimus Meridius (144-192) was the commander of the Armies of the North and the Felix Legions under the Roman Empire. Maximus Decimus Meridius (his full name is stated only once in the film) is a fictitious character! He buried his wife and son before falling unconscious from exhaustion by their grave side. He won all of them, and he gained a reputation for himself. Maximus is the main character of the 2000 movie "Gladiator": Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Stabbed in the abdomen Cause of death However, during the fight Maximus disarmed Commodus, who asked his guards for a sword. Commodus stood in shock, after believing Maximus was dead, and let the Gladiators live after the crowd began to cheer Maximus' name. 144 Turgalium, Hispania, Roman Empire His arrival at his farm was gruesome; he found his family crucified. He collapsed and died after telling Gracchus to free his men and reinstate the Senate, and Gracchus, Juba, and other gladiators carried him away to be buried. Affiliations Maximus agreed, and he later reunited with his servant Cicero, who told him that his army waited for him at Ostia. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. Although he did not exist, he seems as if he could be be a composite of actual historical figures. Commodus came down from his seat, demanding to know the "Spaniard's" name. General (formerly) Maximus declined and told her to leave, as he wasn't the same man any more. Maximus led the Roman Legions for the Emperor Marcus Aurelius during his wars against Germania. Maximus was offered the title of Caesar by Marcus, who knew that Commodus was too weak to rule Rome. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” However, his legatus Quintus told his men to sheathe their swords, and Commodus drew a dagger from his gauntlet. However, Maximus slowly succumbed to his wounds, seeing visions of the Elysian Fields and his reunification with his wife and son. Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland. He told him that he wanted him to do him one last favor; when he died, he wanted him to lead the people of Rome and restore the Roman Republic, which had been deposed back in 27 BC. He eventually killed Commodus, but died shortly after. Maximus was held in prison, where Commodus' sister Lucilla (who had affection for Maximus) told him that he should meet a senator friend of hers, Senator Gracchus, who could help him overthrow Commodus. Maximus was thrown into the arena with several Tigers and Tigris. Maximus continued to do so until Proximo offered him to go to Rome to fight in the Colosseum. Following "The Spaniard's" command, the gladiators were successful. Hispano-Roman Maximus Decimus Meridius, the main character in Ridley Scott's film, Gladiator; Maximus Mayhem, an antagonist from the animated show M.A.S.K. Maximus' first fight was a victory, with him and his tag partner Juba slaying all of the opponents. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. It was led by a fool from Rome, but once his men saw that he was alive, they would rejoin him. He escaped by killing the executioner and three other men, only to find that Commodus had ordered his wife and son to be brutally murdered. Maximus Popular among early Roman leaders and the name of three saints. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. He had a farm where his son and wife lived. Maximus planned to march on Rome at the head of 5,000 troops, but Commodus ruined the plan by arresting Gracchus, poisoning Senator Gaius, and assaulting Proximo's estate. Emperor Commodus arrived to personally congratulate him, and Maximus lifted an arrow behind his hand in preparation to kill him, but Commodus saw the emperor's nephew Lucius Verus arrive as well, so he refused. Maximus was captured by a band of drifting thieves while asleep. Maximus fought with Juba, Hagen and several other gladiators as "Barbarians" of Carthage in the first game in the arena. Maximus and the gladiators defended the estate with their lives, fending off the Praetorians as Maximus attempted ride to Ostia. Maximus revealed who he was when Commodus demanded that he say his name, and he swore vengeance on him. He later served as a Gladiator in the arena after he escaped Commodus. He was betrayed by Quintus, and was sent to be executed in the woods. In 192, he finally had the opportunity to avenge his deceased lord as well as his wife and son, and he killed Commodus, although he died of his wounds. He was given his figures for prayer, Maximus then asked for Cicero to tell Lucilla he would meet Graccus. He rode all the way to his home in Spain, only to find his wife and son dead. He was envied by Marcus' son Commodus, who was a coward. He accepted the post, but Commodus killed his Father in secret and later became the Emperor. He passed out, and Maximus was taken by slave traders to the Roman province of Zucchabar, where he was sold to Antonius Proximo. Maximus was one of the gladiators of Proximo that was supposed to portray a soldier of Carthage in a reenactment of the Battle of Zama, but his military skills turned the tide of the reenactment and he slaughtered all of the "Romans". Gladiator Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. Before the match, Commodus stabbed him in the back mortally and covered his wound with his armor, cheating. Maximus removed his helmet and revealed his true identity. Lucilla met up with Maximus in secret, trying to get the gladiator to meet with Senator Gracchus in attempt to overthrow Commodus. Maximus Decimus Meridius was a high ranking Roman general in command of multiple Roman legions who served under the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in his Twelve Year Campaign against the barbarians in Germania. Maximus Decimus Meridius Religion He made acquaintance with Juba, a hunter who was also taken to be sold as a slave. Rank However, he agreed to do the old man a favor, and he agreed to lead Rome when the time was right. SlaveGladiatorSoldier (formerly) Citizenship “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Career information In the film, Maximus was Marcus Aurelius’ general. Maximus Decimus Meridius He became a legate under Emperor Marcus Aurelius and showed his military skills as the commander of the Armies of the North and the Felix Legions, and he fought in his campaigns against the Marcomanni and other Germanic tribes during his twelve-year campaign. He was played by Russell Crowe in the 2000 film Gladiator. Maximus refused to practice fighting and removed the legion's mark from his shoulder while in captivity. In 180, he conquered the last barbarian stronghold after a fierce battle, and at the celebrations, Marcus Aurelius met him in private. Maximus Decimus Meridius was born in 144 in Turgalium, Hispania, Roman Empire (Now Trujillo, Caceres, Spain) to a Hispano-Roman family. Maximus was born in Spain, 152 AD. Famous real-life people named Maximus Maximus in song, story & screen. He won the crowd as "Maximus the Merciful" which angered Commodus. Maximus left the arena and was greeted by his loyal servant Cicero. Maximus escaped, but was later enslaved and became a gladiator. After crossing the desert, Maximus and Juba were taken to a market; where he was sold to Proximo, an old gladiator. His wife and son were both murdered by Commodus. Roman Empire The crowd cheered for him, and Maximus went onto fight in more local tournaments. After the battle, he was honored by the Emperor for his duty. Died Nickname(s) Biographical Information https://historica.fandom.com/wiki/Maximus_Decimus_Meridius?oldid=258303.