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NGC Ancients: A.D. 238 — A Year of 7 Rulers

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It's always good to review the confusing succession of emperors during the unstable Third Century of Crisis of Ancient Rome.

Here's a nice review article on the numismatics of that tumultuous period.

Posted by David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients on 6/9/2015

During the revolutionary year of A.D. 238, the Rome Mint issued coins for no less than seven men and boys who ruled the Roman Empire.

Of all the eventful years in Roman history A.D. 238 is especially underappreciated. In this year the empire fell into political, social and military chaos when the senatorial elite took a stand against an emperor who had seized power by force. It was a brave act to be sure, but ill-conceived. It failed to reverse a trend of the 3rd Century A.D. in which the military was the driving force behind the throne.





guy also known as gaius

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Interesting stuff.  Maybe at some point in the future I'll have to see about this period!  :whistling:

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