Philip II Pentassarion
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Author: Otto Nickl.

Roman Empire, Philip II as Caesar, 244-247, AE Pentassarion of Marcianopolis in Moesia Inferior.
When Gordian III was killed in battle with the Sasanians, Marcus Julius Philippus, the Praetorian Prefect, known as Philip the Arab, was elevated to the purple as Philip I. At that time he elevated his son to the rank of Caesar. In 247 Philip II was raised to the rank of Consul and Augustus. The years 248-249 were ones of revolt and invasion and Philip sent Decius to quell the revolts. On defeating all enemies Decius was proclaimed emperor by his troops and defeated and killed Philip at a battle near Verona. Philip II was either killed at the battle or by the Praetorian Guard when the news reached Rome. He was aged 12 at the time.
The obverse shows Philip facing the god Serapis, and the reverse shows the snake-god Glykon.


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