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Medallion of Gordianus III

Roman, 240–244; bronze; 38 mm, 57.27 g. BZC.1948.11
Medallion of Gordianus III

The Roman emperor Gordianus III (r. 238–244) is shown dressed for battle on this medallion. He is clad in armor (a cuirass) and holds a spear and a shield upon which he appears in a moment of victory over an enemy. This military depiction is fitting for Gordianus, whose reign was distinguished by his military activities on Rome’s eastern frontier.

 

Selected Bibliography 

A. R. Bellinger, “Roman and Byzantine Medallions in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 12 (1958): 127–28, no. 1, fig. 1.

 

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