Gordian III- Marcus Antoninus Gordianus was born about AD 225. He was the grandson of Gordian I and nephew of Gordian II. He was given the title of Caesar by the joint emperors Balbinus and Pupienus and after their murders he was proclaimed Augustus by the Praetorian guards. Little is known of Gordian’s reign, other than it was a period of relative stability in a chaotic era. During Persian campaign in the East the loyalty of his troops was undermined and he was murdered in Mesopotamia in AD 244.