Talk:Gordian I

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What does this line mean?[edit]

"During the reign of Alexander Severus, Gordian (who was by then in his late seventies) threw the lots to the dangerous honours of government in Africa."? --AW 15:21, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

Anyone? --AW (talk) 23:22, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
I suspect it should read "drew the lots for the dangerous honours of government in Africa." During the Principate, unlike the imperial provinces which had governors appointed by the emperor, the senatorial provinces were allocated governors through the drawing of lots. Of course, I am confused just why the proconsular governorship of Africa was described as a dangerous honor - it was only dangerous to Gordian I because he rebelled against Maximinus Thrax. I shall correct this in the next few days, when I put together appropriate sources and citations for Gordian I. Oatley2112 (talk) 10:47, 13 November 2010 (UTC)