Ancient Roman Empire, PHILIP II, AD 247-249, AE Sestertius, Issued as Caesar
Ancient Roman Empire, PHILIP II, AD 247-249, AE Sestertius, Issued as Caesar.
Slabbed by - NGC #5771974-018
Grade - Choice FINE
Philip II (Roman emperor)
|Predecessor||Philip the Arab (alone)|
|Successor||Decius and Herennius Etruscus|
|Co-emperor||Philip the Arab|
|Died||249 (aged 12)
|Father||Philip the Arab|
|Mother||Marcia Otacilia Severa|
When his father became emperor in 244, the younger Philip was appointed caesar. In 247 he became consul, and was later elevated by his father to the rank of augustus and co-ruler. Their reign took place during the thousandth anniversary of the founding of Rome, and great games and spectacles were planned for the celebration.
Ancient historians say that Philip the Arab and Philip II were both killed in battle by Decius in 249. Modern historians say that when news of Philip the Arab's death reached Rome, Philip II was murdered by the Praetorian Guard at the age of twelve. Philip II was sole ruler of the empire for the fall of 249. He was less than 12 years old when he became emperor.