Philip the Arab in Roman Biography
Philippus, (M. Julius,) a Roman emperor, was a
native of Trachonitis. He obtained the imperial power
by the murder of Gordlan, in 244 A.D. The senate
confirmed the choice of the army. He made peace with
Persia in 244. In 248 or 247 A.D. he celebrated the
thousandth anniversary of the origin of Rome. He was
killed at Verona in 249 A.D., in a battle against Decius,
who had usurped the title of emperor. According to
Eusebius and other writers, Philippus was a Christian.
His son, M. Julius Philippus, who had been associated
with him in the empire, (247 A.D.,) was killed by
the partisans of Decius, in 249 a.d.