Pupienus

Reece Period attributed: Period 11

Obverse image of a coin of Pupienus

Member of the Third Century Emperors dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 238 until 238.

Marcus Clodius Pupienus Maximus was born in 164. He was elected, along with Balbinus, by the Senate as Emperor. The move was to oppose Maximinus in the north and make up for the untimely deaths of Gordian I and II. Balbinus and Pupienus were not popular with the people of Rome, who demanded a Gordian ruler; the two were forced to appoint the 13-year-old grandson of Gordian I as Caesar.

The joint emperors were successful in defeating Maximinus at Aquileia. When they got back to Rome, the two began to argue about who was the more important emperor. The Praetorian Guard never took to them, and in May of 168 killed them both. The Praetorians proclaimed Gordian III emperor.

Pupienus had a long, gaunt face and full beard.

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Record: NARC-6C6FE8
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Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Late Roman coin: a copper alloy sestertius…
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  • Preferred label: Pupienus
  • Full names:
    • Pupienus
    • Marcus Clodius Pupienus Maximus
    • (from birth to accession);
    • Imperator Caesar Marcus Clodius Pupienus Maximus Augustus (as emperor)
  • Title: Consul suffectus of the Roman Empire, Consul of the Roman Empire
  • Predecessor: Gordian I, Gordian II
  • Successor: Gordian III
  • Definition: Pupienus (Latin: Marcus Clodius Pupienus Maximus Augustus; born c. 165/170 – 29 July 238), also known as Pupienus Maximus, was Roman Emperor with Balbinus for three months in 238, during the Year of the Six Emperors. The sources for this period are scant, and thus knowledge of the emperor is limited. In most contemporary texts Pupienus is referred by his agnomen "Maximus" rather than by his cognomen (family name) Pupienus.
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