Aratore, Partenio, Vigilio coetanei (e amici?) di Massimiano elegiaco
The chronology of Maximianus is still an unsolved problem, even though in his works there are precise references to autobiographical events. On the basis of the suggested connection between the main corpus and the so-called Appendix Maximiani it has been proposed to identify the poet with the senator Maximinus, who was invested with high diplomatic responsibilities under Justinian and was praetorian prefect of Italy between 540 and 543. Investigation is called for with regard to the possible parallels with Arator, a contemporary of Maximianus whose career as civil functionary developed at the same time; and also with Parthenius from Arles, who appears to have lived slightly earlier.