The Decline

Period Overview

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Emperor Trebonianus Gallus

Life: AD c. 206 – 253 Name: Gaius Vibius Afininus Trebonianus Gallus Born AD ca. 206. Consul AD 245. Became emperor in June AD 251. Wife: Afinia Gemina Baebiana (one …

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Emperor Decius

Life: AD c. 190 – 251 Gaius Messius Quintus Decius was born around the year AD 190 in a village called Budalia near Sirmium. He wasn’t however from simple beginnings, …

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Emperor Gordian III

Life: AD 225 – 244 Name: Marcus Antonius Gordianus Born 20 January AD 225. Consul AD 239, 241. Became emperor in March AD 238. Wife: Furia Sabina Tranquillina. Died near …

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Emperor Pupienus

Life: AD c. 164 – 238 Little is known of Pupienus background. He was in his 60’s or 70’s at the time of his accession. He was a distinguished patrician, …

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Emperor Balbinus

Life: AD c. 170 – 238 Name: Decimus Caelius Calvinus Balbinus Born AD ca. 170. Consul AD 203, 213. Became emperor in February AD 238. Wife: unknown. Died in Rome, …

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Emperor Gordian II

Life: AD c. 192 – 238 Name: Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus Born AD ca. 192. Became emperor in 19 March AD 238. Died at Carthage, 9 April AD 238. …

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Emperor Gordian I

Life: AD 159 – 238 Early Life Marcus Gordianus was born in ca. AD 159 as the son of Maecius Marullus and Ulpia Gordiana. Even though the names of this …

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Emperor Maximinus Thrax

Life: AD c.173 – 238 Traditionally the birth of Maximinus Thrax is stated as having been either in AD 172 or 173, as was believed by the ancient historians. Today …

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Emperor Alexander Severus

Life: AD 208 – 235 Marcus Julius Gessius Alexianus, known as Alexander Severus was born in AD 208 in Caesarea (sub-Libano) in Phoenicia. He was the son of Gessius Marcianus …

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Emperor Elagabalus

Life: AD 204 – 222 Early Life of Elagabalus Elagabalus was born Varius Avitus Bassianus in AD 203 or 204 at Emesa in Syria. He was the son of the …

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Emperor Macrinus

Life: AD 164 – 218 Early Life Marcus Opellius Macrinus was born in AD 164 in Caesarea, a harbor town in Mauretania. There are two stories surrounding his origins. One …

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Emperor Geta

Life: AD 189 – 211 Early Life Publius Septimius Geta was born in AD 189 in Rome as the younger son of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna. He most likely …

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Emperor Caracalla

Life: AD 188 – 217 Early Life Caracalla was born on 4 April AD 188 in Lugdunum (Lyons), being named Lucius Septimius Bassianus. His last name was given to him …

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Decimus Clodius Albinus

Life: AD c. 145 – 197 The birth date of Clodius Albinus is unknown. But most likely he was born sometime between AD 140 and 150 into a wealthy family …

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