Julius Agrippa

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Julius Agrippa[1] was a Syrian nobleman from the Royal family of Emesa who lived in the 2nd century.

Agrippa was an Emesene nobleman who was a direct descendant of the Emesene Roman Priest-Client King Sohaemus of Emesa, also known as Gaius Julius Sohaemus.[2] He was the brother of a Julius and the paternal uncle of Julius Bassianus,[3] the Emesene High Priest of El-Gebal. El-Gebal is the Aramaic name for the Syrian Sun God.[4]

Agrippa served as a Primipilaris, a former leading Centurion.[5] Agrippa was a man of some wealth as his owned an estate.[6] When Agrippa died perhaps sometime before the late 180s, his name appears to be registered at the time of the Roman Jurist Quintus Cervidius Scaevola.[7]

Agrippa’s estate was left to the Roman Empress Julia Domna,[8] as he was the paternal great-uncle to Domna and her elder sister Julia Maesa.[9] Agrippa is not to be confused with the powerful Lucius Julius Gainius Fabius Agrippa of Apamea.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Levick, Julia Domna: Syrian Empress, p.18
  2. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.217
  3. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.217, 223-4
  4. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.71
  5. ^ Levick, Julia Domna: Syrian Empress, p.18
  6. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.72
  7. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.72
  8. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.223
  9. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.217
  10. ^ Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, p.223

Sources[edit]

  • A.R. Birley, Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, Routledge, 2002
  • B. Levick, Julia Domna: Syrian Empress, Routledge, 2007