Iamblichus I, Priest-King of Emesa

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Iamblichus of Emesa, Priest-King of Emesa

Also Known As: "Jamblique"
Death: Died
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Son of Sampsigeramus I, Priest-King of Emesa and Iotapa of Commagene
Father of Iamblichus II, Priest-King of Emesa
Brother of Alexio I, Priest-King of Emesa

Occupation: 2nd King of Emesa 43-31 BCE, Phylarch of Emesa
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Iamblichus (phylarch)

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Iamblichus I (flourished 1st century BC - died 31 BC) was one of the phylarchs, or petty princes of the Arab tribe of the Emesenes[1] in Emesa (now Homs, Syria). He was the son of Sampsiceramus I and is first mentioned by Marcus Tullius Cicero in a despatch, which he sent from Rome to Cilicia in 51 BC, and in which he states that lamblichus had sent him intelligence respecting the movements of the Parthians, and he speaks of him as well disposed to the republic.[2]

In the war between Octavianus and Mark Antony in 31 BC, lamblichus supported the cause of the latter; but after Gnaeus Domitius had gone over to Octavianus, Antony became suspicious of treachery, and accord­ingly put lamblichus to death by torture, along with several others.[3]

Antony's suspicions were apparently excited against lamblichus by his own brother Alexio I, who obtained the sovereignty after his brother's execution, but was shortly afterwards taken by Octavianus to Rome to grace his triumph, and then put to death.[4] At a later period (20 BC) his son, Iamblichus II, obtained from Augustus the restoration of his father's dominions.[5]

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1.Jump up ^ Strab. xvi. p. 753 2.Jump up ^ Cic. ad Fam. xv. 1. 3.Jump up ^ Dion Cass. 1.13. 4.Jump up ^ Ibid. Ii. 2. 5.Jump up ^ Ibid. liv. 9.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: WS (1867). "Iamblichus". In Smith, William. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology 2. p. 548.
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