Azisus, Priest-King of Emesa

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Gaius Julius Azizus, Priest-King of Emesa

Also Known As: "Asisus", "Azizus"
Birthplace: Horns (Emesa)
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Sampsigeramus II, Priest-King of Emesa and Iotapa of Commagene
Ex-husband of Drusilla of Judaea
Brother of Sohaemus, Priest-King of Emesa; Mamaea of Emesa and Jotapa, of Emesa

Occupation: 6th King of Emesa 42-54 CE
Managed by: Shmuel-Aharon Kam (Kahn / שמו...
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About Azisus, Priest-King of Emesa

The royal family of Emesa, also known as the Emesani Dynasty or the Sempsigerami of Emesa (Arabic: آل شميس غرام‎), sometimes known as The Sampsiceramids were a ruling Roman client dynasty of priest-kings in Emesa, Syria Province (modern Homs, Syria).They can be viewed both as Arameans and Arabs.

Emesa was famous for the worship of the strong ancient pagan cult El-Gebal, also known as Elagabal.The city was renowned for El-Gebal’s place of worship the Temple of the Sun. El-Gebal was worshipped in the form of a conical black stone.El-Gebal was the Aramaic name for the Syrian Sun God and means God of the Mountain.

After the death of Sampsiceramus II, his first son Azizus succeeded him. Azizus reigned from 42 until 54. Little is known on Azizus’ reign, however he is known for his brief childless marriage to the Herodian Princess Drusilla. Azizus married Drusilla after 51, on the condition that he was to be circumcised. Drusilla ended their marriage and divorced him because she fell in love with Marcus Antonius Felix, a Greek Freedman who was the Roman Governor of Judea, whom she later married.



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  • Wikipedia, Royal Family of Emesa
  • Sir Anthony Richard Wagner; Pedigree and Progress: Essays in the Genealogical Interpretation of History (1975)
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