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Gordian I and Gordian II


Gordian I. Bardo Museum, Tunis (Tunisia). Photo Jan van Vliet.
Gordian I (Bardo Museum, Tunis)
Gordianus I and Gordianus II: usurpers, unsuccessfully tried to overthrow the emperor Maximinus Thrax (January 238).

Main deeds: Both men revolted against Maximinus Thrax but were defeated by Capellianus. Their revolt was successfully continued by Pupienus and Balbinus, who adopted Gordianus III.

Gordian I

Names:

  • ±158: Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus 
  • 1 (?) January 238: Imperator Caesar Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus Africanus Augustus
  • 20 (?) January 238: suicide

Relatives:

  • father: Maecius Marullus (?)
  • mother: Ulpia Gordiana (?)
  • married to: Fabia Orestilla (?)
  • children: Gordianus I, Maecia Faustina (married to Junius Balbus, mother of Gordianus III)

Career:

Links:

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Coin of Gordian II. Limesmuseum, Aalen (Germany). Photo Jona Lendering. Gordian II
(Limesmuseum, Aalen)

Gordian II

Names:

  • ±192: Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus 
  • 1 (?) January 238: Imperator Caesar Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus Africanus Augustus 
  • 20 (?) January 238: killed in action

Relatives:

  • father: Gordianus I
  • mother:  Fabia Orestilla (?)

Career:

Links:

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