The Roman Senate, which supported Gordian I, turned to his grandson, Gordanian III. Gordanian III became the 32nd Roman Emperor at age 13 in year 238. In 241, Gordian was married to the daughter of the Praetorian Prefect, Timesitheus, who was the de facto ruler. In February 225, Timesitheus and Gordanian III both died on campaign against the Persians, although how they died is unclear. Marcus Julius Philiipus ("Philip the Arab"), the new Praetorian Prefect, soon claimed the imperial throne.
Portrait of Elagabal Sculpture 221 AD Marble cm 46 Capitoline museum Elagabalus, also known as Heliogabalus, was Roman Emperor from 218 to 222. A member of the Severan Dynasty, he was Syrian on his mother's side. Elagabalus was barely 14 when he became emperor, initiating a reign remembered mainly for sexual scandal and religious controversy. At just 18 years old he was assassinated in a plot formulated by his grandmother, Julia Maesa, and carried out by members of the Praetorian Guard.