Gordian Africanus was perhaps the wealthiest man in all the Empire at this time. His vast estates constituted a small empire in their own right, and his home in Rome was once owned by Pompey the Great. later in life he achieved high offices, including consulship in Rome and the governorship of lower Britain. In 237, as he entering his 80th year, he became governor of North Africa. Noblemen desparate under the heavy taxation of Maximinus, implored Gordian to raise an army and accept the purple. Gordian, along with his elder son were made co-emperors and set off for Rome. Gordian the younger died at Carthage at the hands of Capellianus, governor of Numidia and Gordian I Africanus hanged himself. This brought to a close the short three week reigns of Gordian’s I and II Africanus.
ROMAE AETERNAE – From the earliest age it was the presentiment of the Romans that their city would be Eternal; and to such a pitch of madness did their opinion of theirs proceed, that they paid divine honours to Rome, erected temples and altars to her honour, and instituted priests to perform sacrifices to this deity of their own creation. This legend, struck in each metal, with various types (but chiefly that of Roma Victrix seated, a shield by her side, a spear in her left hand, and a figure of Victory in her right), appears on coins of Antoninus Pius, Pescennius Niger, Gordian I, Gordian II, Severus Alexander (first brass), Philip I, Trebonianus Gallus, Hostilian, and others. A silver medal of Septimius Severus bears on its reverse ROMAE AETERNAE, with a temple of six columns, adorned with many statues, in the midst of which Rome is seated.
Bust of Gordian I, laureate, draped, cuirassed, right
IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG
Roma seated left on shield, holding scepter & victory
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