Marcus Julius Gessius Bassianus

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Marcus Julius Gessius Bassianus[1] (flourished 3rd century) was a Magister in the Arval Brethren during the reign of Roman emperor Caracalla[2] who ruled from 212 until 217.

Bassianus seems to be linked to the Julii and the Bassiani.[3] From his name, could point to him as a possible son of the Syrian Roman nobles Marcus Julius Gessius Marcianus and Julia Avita Mamaea,[4] being a possible elder brother of Roman emperor Alexander Severus[5] and his sister, Theoclia.[6][7] If this is correct, Bassianus was a relation to the Royal family of Emesa and the Severan dynasty of the Roman Empire.[8]

Bassianus was not a known Priest of the cult of Elagabalus.[9] Although he was a Roman Priest, was unable to attend the ceremonies of the Arval Brethren in Rome, probably due to Bassianus being based in the East.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prado, The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction?, p.xxiii
  2. ^ Prado, The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction?, p.xxiii
  3. ^ Prado, The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction?, p.216
  4. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.217&222
  5. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.222
  6. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.222
  7. ^ Augustan History, The Two Maximini, 29
  8. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor
  9. ^ Prado, The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction?, p.215
  10. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.222

Sources[edit]

  • Augustan History, The Two Maximini
  • A.R. Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, Routledge, 2002
  • L. de Arrizabalaga y Prado, The Emperor Elagabalus: Fact or Fiction?, Cambridge University Press, 2010