Bishop of Ravenna, Italy in 546 by Pope Vigilius with the support of Emperor Justinian; the choice was initially so unpopular that the Maximian had to live outside the city walls for a while. Built the basilica of Saint Vitalis, and either built or renovated many other churches. Commissioned a number of illuminated manuscripts, and made sure that the text were updated with the most authoritative versions. May have been the first Latin bishop to use the title archbishop.
- 556 of natural causes
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Katherine Rabenstein
- Medieval Religion Listserv, by John Dillon
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Saint Maximian of Ravenna“. Saints.SQPN.com. 21 February 2013. Web. 22 May 2013. <>