Saturday, July 29, 2006


This Day in Ancient History

On this day in 238 AD, the Co-Emperors Pupienus and Balbinus are tortured and murdered by the Praetorian Guard and Gordian III, just 13 years old, is proclaimed Emperor to replace them. Gordian III will die at age 19 campaigning against an expanding Sassanian empire under its energetic leader, Shapur I, who said Gordian III was killed in fighting near present day Fallujah; the Romans said Gordian III died of a fever 250 miles up the Euphrates near Circesium in present day Syria.

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