Roman Emperors: Philip the Arab

The Third Century is a bit of a mess, with sources all over the place, so we can't link Philip I to any particular day. He was born at an oasis some 50 km southeast of Damascus which he renamed Philippopolis and settled as a colony, although today it is known as Shahba - the theatre and basilica presumably date from his brief reign or soon after.

Philip is interesting as he was the first emperor to be sympathetic to Christians, although it is unlikely that he himself converted as that would have been incompatible with serving as Pontifex Maximus and the sacrifices made during civic ceremonies.

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