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Coin of Vaballathus.
Vaballathus: emperor of Palmyra (267-272).


  • ±260: Lucius Julius Aurelius Septimius Vaballathus Athenodorus 
  • Autumn 267: rex regum, corrector totius Orientis, dux Romanorum
  • Summer 272: taken captive
  • died in captivity
Successor of: Odaenathus


Main deeds:

  • 267 Assassination of Odaenathus; Vaballathus recognized as his father's successor (rex regum, corrector totius Orientis, dux Romanorum); Zenobia acts as regent
  • 269 Palmyra breaks with Rome; attack on Ancyra
  • 270 Conquest of Egypt; vir consularis, rex, imperator
  • 272, spring: In the Sasanian empire, Shapur I dies and is succeeded by Hormizd I; Vaballathus starts using full imperial titles: Imperator Caesar Lucius Julius Aurelius Septimius Vaballathus Athenodorus pius felix invictus Augustus; accepts titles Persicus maximus, Arabicus maximus, and Adiabenicus maximus
  • 272, summer: defeated and captured by Aurelian
  • 273: in the Sassanid empire, Hormizd I is succeeded by Bahram I; Aurelian destroys Palmyra
  • Vaballathus died in captivity

Contemporary events:

  • 268 Synod of Antioch declares Paul of Samosata a heretic
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