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On this day in AD 214 the emperor Claudius II Gothicus was born

But who was this man who ruled for just two years?

1771 years ago today: Roman emperor Gordian III died aged just 19

On February 11th 244 the boy-emperor Gordian III died in mysterious circumstances aged just nineteen. He was the youngest person to accede to unshared power in the history of the Roman empire.