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Gordian III was Roman emperor from 238 to 244 AD, being 13 he was the youngest Roman ever to become sole emperor. Gordian III became emperor after the death of the emperor Alexander Severus and the succession of Maximinus Thrax. However Maximinus proved extremely unpopular with both the senate and the populace causing the joint emperors of the African province and Gordian III’s grandfather and uncle, Gordian I and Gordian II, to rebel against Maximisus. The rebellion was unsuccessful and Gordian i and Gordian II were killed, however they retained popular favour. With Maximinus threatening Rome, the senate elected two other unpopular joint emperors, Pupienus and Balbinus who successfully defeated Maximinus however public riots against these Emperors were cause for the senate to also elect Gordian III as emperor due to the popularity of his family. After Pupienus and Balbinus were killed by the Praetorian Guard Gordian III became the sole emperor. Following war with the Sassanid Empire, Gordian III died in unclear circumstances in the Near East.