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Jovian, 27 June 363 - 17 February 364 A.D.
In 351, Constantius Gallus built a new church in honor of Saint Babylas at Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, and transferred the remains of the bishop to it to neutralize the pagan effects of the nearby temple of Apollo. In 362, Julian consulted the oracle of Apollo at the temple in Daphne, but received no answer, and was told that it was because of the proximity of the saint. He had the sarcophagus of the martyr exhumed and removed. A few days later, on October 22, a mysterious fire broke out consuming the roof of the temple and the statue of the god, copied from Phidias' statue of Zeus at Olympia. Julian, suspecting angry Christians, closed the cathedral of Antioch and ordered an investigation. Ammianus Marcellinus reports "a frivolous rumor" laid blame on candles lit by a worshipper late the previous night (XXII, 13). John Chrysostom claimed a bolt of lightning set the temple on fire. The remains of Babylas were reinterred in a church dedicated to him on the other side of the River Orontes.
SH46443. Gold solidus
, RIC VIII
Antioch 223, aVF, light clipping, Antioch, 9th officina
(Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight
3.894g, maximum diameter
20.2mm, die axis
, 27 Jun 363 - 16 Feb 364 A.D.; obverse
D N IOVIAN-VS PEP AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust
SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE (security of the Republic), Roma
holding spear, and Constantinopolis
and foot on prow, enthroned facing, holding shield
inscribed VOT V MVLT X
, ANTΘ in exergue
; rare (RIC R2)
Catalog current as of Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
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