, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 142–145 | Cite as

Maximinus Daia, a Roman emperor who may have had Graves’ disease and died of a thyrotoxic crisis

  • Peter D. PapapetrouEmail author
Historical note


Evidence is presented that the Roman emperor Maximinus Daia had Graves’ disease and died of severe thyrotoxicosis. The information about this emperor’s terminal illness is drawn from the writings of the 4th century writers Eusebius and Lactantius. An existing statue indicates that the emperor had bilateral Graves’ ophthalmopathy.

Key words

Maximinus Daia Roman emperor Graves’ disease 


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© Hellenic Endocrine Society 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of EndocrinologyAlexandra HospitalAthensGreece

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