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byhis tutor Serenus Sammonicus, junior, gave himreputation in the literary workl, whicli he sup-ported by writings both in prose and verse. Itwas no great credit to him that lleliogabalus hadmade him questor; but the confidence placed inhis integrity and knowledge of the laws by Alex-ander, who created him prefect of Rome, andalways paid great deference to his counsel, wastruly to his honour. He naturally shared theelevation of his aged father, and they were de-cbred joint emperors. The Gordians removed to Cartilage, whencethey sent letters to the Roman senate announc-uig tlieir election. That body, hating and hatedby Maximin, who was then absent at Sirmium,willingly ratified the choice of tlie Africans, anddeclared Rlaximin a public enemy. The prefectVitalunus, who was devoted to his interest, wasput to death, and the people, in a transport ofjoy, threw off the yoke of the tyrant, and re-cognised the new emperors, ^eantimc a changetook place in Africa itself whicli aiiiiullcd tliese
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^(iOMlJ)IAMO AiPBICANO lyio.Porn.cn Ccirnpiefiia dif ■ SENIOMF. tv/i/UJr. Ctittier-cz mc G O R ( 467 ) G O R dispositions. Capelianus, governor of Maurita-nia, who had always been upon ill terms withGordian, instead of obeying a mandate fromhim to resign his command to a successor, as-sembled a body of veterans, declared for thereigning emperor, and marched to Carthage.Tlie younger Gordian sallied out to oppose himwith his iiuards and an unwarlike crowd of ci-tizens. They were soon repulsed, and he wasslain in the action. Capelianus entered the citywith the fugitives, when the elder Gordian, giv-hig himself up to despair, strangled himself inhis ap.utment with his girdle. This event hap-pened in June, 237, only six weeks after theirassumption of the purple. Crevier, Gibbon.—A.GORDIAN III., Roman emperor.^ Whenthe senate, after the death of the two Gordians,liad resolved to persist in their defection fromMaximin, they chose for joint-emptrors Maxi-mus and Balbinus. To these the peo
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