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Events

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Roman Empire

* Carpians invade Moesia; Emperor Maximinus Thrax campaigns against them.
* In spite of the payment of a tribute, the Romans fail to persuade the Goths and the Carpians to withdraw from Moesia.
* March 7Gordian I and Gordian II become Roman Emperors. They rule for 36 days (until their deaths on April 12).
* April 22Pupienus and Balbinus become Roman Emperors.
* The town of Aquileia takes the side of Roman Senate against Maximinus Thrax and he is executed by the Praetorian Guard.
* July 29Gordian III becomes Emperor on the deaths of Pupienus and Balbinus.
* Future Roman Emperor Valerian becomes "princeps senatus".
* The Colosseum is restored after being damaged.
* The Goths, coming from Ukraine, cross the Danube and devastate the Empire up to the border with Anatolia.
* In North Africa, Legio III "Augusta", is dissolved. Until its reconstitution in 253, Africa is defended by auxiliary troops only.

Births

* Empress Yang Yan, the first wife of Emperor Wu (d. 274)
* Wen Yang (d. 291)

Deaths

* April 12Roman emperors Gordian I (suicide) and Gordian II (killed in battle)
* June 24Maximinus Thrax, Roman Emperor
* July 29Pupienus and Balbinus, Roman Emperors
* Gongsun Yuan, general of Kingdom of Wei
* Lun Zhi, general of Kingdom of Wei
* Jia Fan, general of Kingdom of Wei
* Chosroes I, King of Armenia (assassinated)


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