Marcus Antonius Gordianus

Marcus Antonius Gordianus

Male Abt 192 - 238  (~ 46 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Marcus Antonius Gordianus  
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born Abt 192 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Apr 238 
    Person ID I668899  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2009 

    Father Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus,   b. Abt 159,   d. 12 Apr 238  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Mother Fabia Orestilla,   b. Abt 165,   d. Bef 238  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F268429  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Marcus Antonius Gordianus

  • Notes 
    • The official history of the Roman emperors provides the only account of Gordian's early career. Since his memory was cherished after his death, the information is questionable and remains unproven. According to this source, Gordian served as quaestor in Elagabalus ' reign and as praetor and consul suffect with Alexander Severus as emperor. In 237, Gordian went to the Africa Roman province under his father's command as a governor.
      emperor Alexander Severus and his mother Julia Avita Mamaea were assassinated by mutinous troops in Germania Inferior . The leader of the rebellion, Maximinus Thrax , became emperor, despite his popular background and the disapproval of the Roman Senate . Pushed by the local politicians, Gordian's father began a revolt against Maximinus in 238 and became Augustus on March 22 . Due to Gordian I's advanced age, the younger Gordian was attached to the imperial throne and acclaimed Augustus too. Father and son saw their pretensions ratified both by the senate and most of the other provinces, due to Maximinus' unpopularity.
      Opposition would come from the neighbouring province of Numidia . Capelianus , governor of Numidia and a loyal supporter of Maximinus Thrax, renewed his alliance to the former emperor and invaded Africa province with the only legion stationing in the region, III Augusta , and other veteran units. Gordian II, at the head of a militia army of untrained soldiers, lost the Battle of Carthage and was killed, and Gordian I took his own life. This first rebellion against Maximinus Thrax was unsuccessful but, by the end of 238, Gordian II's nephew would be recognised emperor by the whole Roman world as Gordian III .


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