Gordian in Roman Biography

Gor'di-an, [Fr. Gordien, goR'de-aN' ; Lat. Gordia'- nus, (Mar'cus Anto'nius Africa'nus,)] a Roman emperor, born about 160 A.D., of an illustrious family. He was appointed proconsul of Africa in 237, and was declared emperor by the insurgents who rebelled against Maximinus. His son Gordian was associated with him in the empire, and their election was confirmed by the Roman senate. Soon after this, Capellianus, Governor of Mauritania, assembled an army in favour of Maximinus, and attacked Carthage. In the combat that ensued, the younger Gordian was slain ; and his aged father, on hearing of his fate, strangled himself, in 238 a.d. Gordian was distinguished for his love of letters, and was the author of several poems. He spent a great part of his immense wealth in procuring games and amusements for the people. His reign lasted but six weeks. See Gibbon, "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."

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