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    Very rare issue of Q. Caecilius Bassus as proconsul

    SYRIA. Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch under Roman rule. After 65/4 BC. AR tetradrachm. NGC AU. Posthumous issue in the name of Philip I Philadelphus (89-83 BC) of Antioch on the Orontes, under Q. Caecilius Bassus as proconsul (46-45 BC), dated year 4 CE (46/5 BC). Diademed head of Philip I right, fillet border / BAΣIΛEYΣ-ΦIΛIΠΠOY-EΠIΦANOYS-ΦIΛAΔEΛΦOY, Zeus enthroned left, Nike in right hand, scepter in left; VNAT monogram in left field, Δ (date) and thunderbolt in exergue, all within laurel wreath. McAlee 5b. Prieur 5. RPC I 4128. SC 2491.2. HGC 9, 1360.

    Q. Caecilius Bassus, a supporter of Pompey, seized the province of Syria in 46 BC after inciting a mutiny in the army of Sextus Caesar, Julius Caesar's cousin, who had been governing Syria since 48 BC. Bassus obtained help from the Parthians and managed to hold out in Syria for two years, withstanding several sieges from generals sent by Caesar. After the Ides of March in 44 BC one of the assassins of Caesar, L. Cassius Longinus, arrived in Syria and induced Bassus to turn over his province. His final fate is unknown. The rare coinage bearing his monogram and dated to the fourth year of the Caesarian era (46/5 BC) was only recently identified.


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