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    Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch ad Orontem. Aulus Gabinius, Proconsul. 57-55 B.C. AR tetradrachm (26 mm, 15.18 g). Imitating Philip Philadelphos. Diademed head of Philip right / Zeus enthroned left, holding Nike in right hand, sceptre in left. Toned, good VF.
    A Roman statesman and general, and supporter of Pompey the Great, Aulus Gabinius was a prominent figure in the later days of the Roman republic. In 67 B.C., when tribune of the people, he brought forward the famous law, the Lex Gabinia, conferring upon Pompey the command in the war against the Mediterranean pirates, with extensive powers which gave him absolute control over that sea and the coasts for 50 miles inland. In 58, Gabinius managed to secure the consulship, however not without suspicion of bribery. During his term of office he aided Publius Clodius in bringing about the exile of Cicero. In 57 Gabinius went as proconsul to Syria. On his arrival he reinstated Hyrcanus in the high-priesthood at Jerusalem, suppressed revolts, introduced important changes in the government of Judaea, and rebuilt several towns.


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