Lost Roman Emperor Long Thought to Be Fake Was Real Leader in Time of Chaos

A lost “Roman emperor” long thought to have never existed may be a real historical figure, a study analyzing several gold coins has found.

The ancient Roman leader, known as “Sponsian,” is known only from a group of coins allegedly found in Transylvania—a region in central Romania—in 1713.

Throughout the history of ancient Rome, a civilization that dominated much of Europe for hundreds of years, coins often featured portraits of current emperors.

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