Gordian III

Gordian III

Birth
Italy
Death Feb
Iraq
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Memorial ID 35410041 · View Source
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Roman Emperor. He was born in 225 AD and was the son of a senator. At age 13 he was proclaimed Caesar and Imperial heir by the senate, and after the death of the Emperor Maximinus Thrax in 238 AD and the murder soon afterwards of his successors, Pupienus and Balbinus, he was made Emperor by the army and the senate. Uprisings continued in Germany, but a more serious threat to the Empire came from the expansion of the Sassanian Empire in Mesopotamia. In 240 AD the garrison at Hatra, in modern day Iraq, was captured, provoking a massive Roman counterattack, with Gordian joining his army in 243 AD. A year later the Sassanians claimed that he had been killed in battle near Misiche, but most sources suggest that he was in fact murdered by his own soldiers under the orders of his successor, Marcus Julius Phillippus, known as Philip the Arab. He was deified after his death, and a monument was erected on the site of his murder, while his body was returned to Rome for burial.

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  • Added: 1 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35410041
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gordian III (20 Jan–Feb), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35410041, citing Tomb of Gordian III, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .