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Gaius Iulius Sulpicius, Priest-King of Emesa

Nicknames: "Gaius Julius Sulpicius Priest-King of Emesa"
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Death: Died
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Son of Iamblichus of Emesa
Father of Uranius I Antoninus, Priest-King of Emesa 210

Occupation: Priest-King of Emesa, Priest King of Emesa
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About Gaius Iulius Sulpicius, Priest-King of Emesa

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Gaius Julius Fabia Sampsiceramus III Silas (flourished second half of the 1st century & first half of the 2nd century, died 120) was a Syrian Prince and Roman Client Priest King of Emesa.

Silas was a monarch of Assyrian, Greek, Armenian, Medes, Berber and Roman ancestry. He was the son of Gaius Julius Alexio, also known as Alexio II by an unnamed wife.[1] His paternal grandparents were the previous Emesene Monarchs Sohaemus of Emesa and Drusilla of Mauretania.[2]

Silas was born and raised in Emesa. After his father died in 78, Silas succeeded his father as Priest King of Emesa. Silas ruled as a Priest King from 79 until his death in 120. He was the priest of the Syrian Sun God, known in Aramaic as El-Gebal. Little is known on his life and his reign as Emesene Priest King. What is known about Silas is from surviving inscriptions from Emesa.[3]

There is a noted sepulchral Greek inscription on a monument dated 78/79[4] at Emesa, dedicated by Silas to his family:

   Γαΐος Ἰούλιος, Φαβίᾳ, Σαμσιγέραμος ὁ καὶ Σείλας, Γαΐου Ἰουλίου Ἀλεξιῶνος υἱὁς, ζῶν ἐποίησεν ἑαυτῷ καὶ τοῖς ἰδίοις, ἔτους Οτʹ
   Gaius Julius Fabia, Sampsiceramus, also called Silas, son of Gaius Julius Alexio, while still living made this for himself and his family, year 390

The generations after Silas, are not recorded sufficiently to accurately present a pedigree.[5] Silas was the father of Gaius Julius Longinus Soaemus, also known as Soaemus[6] by an unnamed wife. Soaemus would succeed Silas as the Emesene Priest King. A descendant of Silas’ is the Emesene high priest Gaius Julius Bassianus, who was the father of the Roman Empress Julia Domna and another possible descendant was the Syrian Queen of the 3rd century, Zenobia of Palmyra.[7] References

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Sources

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