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Gordian I. The 80-year-old emperor and his 22 days on the throne

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Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

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The Roman coin of the 3rd century, the events of which we are talking about, is a denarius of the emperor, who raised an uprising against the assassin of Alexander Sever, and who reigned for only 22 days.

Do I need to explain the rarity of such a denarius. And its excellent preservation makes the coin the most valuable acquisition for the true connoisseur of the coins of Rome. Alexander Sever was killed in Germany during a rebellion led by Maximinus the Thrace. According to the testimony of ancient authors, he was the son of a Sarmatian and a Goth, which makes it entirely possible for his origin from the territory of modern Ukraine. He appointed the wealthy landowner Mark Antony Gordian I Sempronian Romanus as his governor in Africa, who belonged to the Roman aristocracy and held high government positions on several occasions, including the consular one at the age of 64.

Together with his son (known as Gordian II), who also held a consular post, he led the province of Africa. In March 238, soldiers stationed in Africa at the direction of the Senate revolted and, on pain of death, forced both Gordians to accept the titles of Augustus. Suddenly, the governor of the neighboring province of Numidia, who had a more experienced and efficient army, came out in support of Maximinus. In the defense of Carthage in April 238, Gordian II was defeated and killed, reigning for 20 days. Upon learning of this, 80-year-old Gordian I committed suicide. Having lived a long and happy life, he became a victim of circumstances, having been in power for only 22 days.

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