Philip the Arab

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Philip the Arab

 

(also Philip the Arabian). Died 249. Roman emperor from 244.

Philip the Arab was a native of Bostra in the Roman province of Arabia. A commander in the Roman Army, he was appointed praetorian prefect by Emperor Gordian III, who declared Philip joint ruler. After killing Gordian, Philip was proclaimed emperor by the Syrian legions. Under his rule, the Romans repulsed attacks by the Persians and Goths. On Apr. 6, 248, Rome marked its 1,000th anniversary with magnificent festivities.

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