Another Maximus factor is the august Roman -us ending, with other names like Atticus, Cassius, Augustus and Magnus heating up.
We first met Muhammad Ali as Cassius Clay -- the slender, charismatic 18-year-old light-heavyweight gold medalist in 1960 in Rome.
Pop, pop, pop, Ali—then Cassius Clay—surrounded the lumbering Scandinavian with zinging leather.
Roman gens, one of the oldest families of Rome. The conspirator against Caesar was C. Cassius Longinus.