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Johannes, 20 November 423 - May 425 A.D.
Johannes was Honorius' secretary and assumed the throne upon Honorius' death. Theodosius II refused to recognize Joannes as emperor and prepared for war. Johannes sent Flavius Aetius, governor of the palace, to the Huns to ask for their assistance. Flavius returned to Italy with a large force. In Winter 244, Theodosius' army under command of Ardaburius marched into Italy and made their base at Aquileia. In May 245, Joannes was defeated at Ravenna. He was brought as a prisoner to Aquileia, paraded in the circus mounted on an ass, pelted with insults from the mob, and then executed.
SH25160. Bronze half centenionalis
, RIC X
II 837, SRCV V
21122, aVF, 1st officina
1.302g, maximum diameter
12.6mm, die axis
, 20 Nov 423 - May 425 A.D.; obverse
D N IOHANNES P F AVG
, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust
right; reverse SALVS
REIPVLICE (health of the Republic), Victory
walking left holding trophy
over right shoulder and dragging captive,
in left field
, PRM in exergue
; In summer 245, Joannes was defeated at the fortified city of Ravenna and brought as a prisoner to Aquileia
. After a humiliating parade on a donkey and the insults of the populace, he was executed.; rare emperor
Catalog current as of Monday, May 27, 2019.
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