Using Gods in Military Clashes in the Roman Empire: Tullius Menophilus against Maximinus Thrax Cover Image
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За употребата на боговете при военно-политически сблъсъци в Римската империя: Тулий Менофил срещу Максимин Тракиец
Using Gods in Military Clashes in the Roman Empire: Tullius Menophilus against Maximinus Thrax

Author(s): Dilyana Boteva
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Political history, Social history, Ancient World
Published by: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Gordian III; Philip II; Tullius Menophilus; Maximinus Thrax; Lower Moesia; Marcianopolis; Odessos; Dionysopolis

Summary/Abstract: The present paper is a further pondering on the remarkable coins depicting on the obverse two face-to-face busts, one of them being a God and the other one – Gordian III or Philip II. Based on a previous analysis of the temporal and spatial aspects of these unique coins, here a new possibility for their issuing solely in the Thracian lands at the very start of emperor Gordian III’s reign is offered. The historical reconstruction starts with Tullius Menophilus’ activity in Aquileia in AD 238, when he and Rutilius Pudens Crispinus were sent by the senate to organize the defense of this important city against the legions of Maximinus Thrax. The fact, that later in this same year Menophilus, already as a provincial governor of Lower Moesia, started issuing these coins in the name of Gordian III in the very restricted region between Marcianopolis, Odessos and Dionysopolis is hugely significant. In my opinion it could help us fix more or less precisely the long debated place of origin of Maximinus.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 24
  • Page Range: 381-392
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English, Bulgarian