Posted by: ken98 | October 1, 2009

Gordian I,II,III, Maximus, Balbinus

Day 20 – Ken Here

Chapter 7 continues with a whirlwind of comings and goings.

Today’s reading includes the infamous Year of 6 Emperors (238).

Gordian I

Gordian I

The emperor, Maximin Thrax, raises taxes and kills Roman Senators, a revolt breaks out in North Africa, headed by a very rich, very old man from a very old Senatorial family, Gordian(who immediately recognizes his son as co-emperor, Gordian II).
Gordian II Sestertius celebrating his military prowess

Gordian II Sestertius celebrating his military prowess


Gordians gave Thysdrus this amphitheater-town now called El Djem

Gordians gave Thysdrus this amphitheater-town now called El Djem


However, they have no army and raise the rebellion using basically the local police force. A small force of stationary legionnaires in the area defeat them just by marching on the city of Thrysdus where the Gordian’s started the rebellion. Both Gordian I and II are killed (reigns lasting a little over a month).

Gordian III

Gordian III

In response to Maximin’s base birth, the nobles of Rome elect 2 of their own – Maximus and Balbinus as co-emperors, and the mob demands Gordian’s very young grandson Gordian III be emperors. Maximin Thrax is killed by his troops, Maximus and Balbinus both end up being killed by the Praetorian Guard, and Gordian goes on to rule from 238 – 244. Gordian is himself eventually killed by his troops, and the Emperor Philip the Arab is acclaimed.

Between 235 and 244, 7 Emperors are raised and killed by their troops.

Maximus Pupienus

Maximus Pupienus


Balbinus

Balbinus

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