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Legio I Maximiana


Bust of Diocletian. Arkeoloji Müzesi, İstanbul (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins.
Bust of Diocletian (Arkeoloji Müzesi, İstanbul)
Legio I Maximiana: one of the legions of the later Roman empire. Its name means 'the legion of Maximianus'.

This legion was probably founded in 296 or 297 by the emperor Diocletian, together with II Flavia Constantia, to defend the southern part of Egypt against neighboring tribes. They were stationed in the neighborhood of Thebes. The legion is called after Maximianus, Diocletian's colleague as emperor.

In 354, the Theban legions were stationed in Thrace in the neighborhood of Adrianopel (modern Edirne); at the beginning of the fifth century, they were still there. It is almost certain that I Maximiana was involved in the great battle of Hadrianopel in 378, in which the Visigoths defeated the Roman emperor Valens.

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