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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Roman Provincial| > |Roman Mesopotamia| > RP91396
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Edessa, Mesopotamia
|Roman| |Mesopotamia|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Edessa,| |Mesopotamia|, Even before 190 A.D. Christianity had spread vigorously within Edessa and its surroundings and that shortly after the royal house joined the church. Under Abgar IX (179214) Christianity became the official religion of the kingdom. A Christian council was held at Edessa as early as 197. In 201 the city was devastated by a great flood, and the Christian church was destroyed. Many martyrs suffered at Edessa under Decius and Diocletian. Atillti, Bishop of Edessa, assisted at the First Council of Nicaea. The Peregrinatio Silviae (or Etheriae) gives an account of the many sanctuaries at Edessa about 388.
RP91396. Bronze AE 26, cf. BMC Arabia p. 108, 112 (bust), SNG Cop 217 var. (bust), Babelon Edessa 75 (bust), aVF, well centered, light corrosion (removed PVC damage?), Mesopotamia, Edessa (Urfa, Sanliurfa, Turkey) mint, weight 10.648g, maximum diameter 26.2mm, die axis 180o, 232 - 235 A.D.; obverse AVT K M A CEV AΛEΞA∆POC CEB, laureate and draped bust right, seen from behind; reverse MHT KOΛ E∆ECCHNWN (Metropolis Colony of the Edessans), Tyche seated left on seat on rocks, wearing turreted crown, veil, mantle, and chiton, holding fruits in right hand, left hand resting on seat behind, half-figure of river-god swimming at her feet, flanked by star over small flaming altar both before and behind; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce; SOLD










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