Philip the Arab

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Philip the Arab
33rd Emperor of the Roman Empire
Bust of emperor Philippus Arabus - Hermitage Museum.jpg
Reign244–247 (alone);
247–249 (with Philippus II)
PredecessorGordian III
SuccessorDecius and Herennius Etruscus
Bornc. 204
Philippopolis, Arabia Petraea
Died249 (aged 45)
Verona, Italia
IssueMarcus Julius Philippus Severus (Philippus II, 238–249)
Full name
Marcus Julius Philippus (from birth to accession);
Caesar Marcus Julius Philippus Augustus (as emperor)
FatherJulius Marinus

Philip the Arab (Latin: Marcus Julius Philippus Augustus;[1] Arabic: فيليب العربي‎, Feyleyb al-Arabi; c. 204 – 249) was the ruler of the Roman Empire from 244 to 249 AD.

He is known as Philip the Arab for two reasons. He came from modern-day Syria, he was born in the Roman province of Arabia but that doesn’t mean he is of Arabian Origin, little is known about his genealogy, let alone that The term Arab can’t be applicable to modern day definition.

He was one of the Roman rulers that ended war with the empire known as the Sassanids, a dynasty of Persians.

He became emperor after Gordian III. During his reign, Rome celebrated its millennium or its 1,000th anniversary of existence.

Many say that unlike the Pagan rulers of the Romans, Philip was nice to the Christians and let them practice their faith openly.[2] Philip and his wife received letters from Origen.[3]

Philip was overthrown and killed following a rebellion led by his successor Decius.

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  1. In Classical Latin, Philip's name would be written as MARCVS IVLIVS PHILIPPVS AVGVSTVS.
  2. according to John Chrysostom
  3. according to Eusebius.