More Fun with Roman History

February 14th, 2015

Picking up from yesterday, we're left with vastly differing accounts of the emperor Numerian's death.  Which is correct?  The easiest way to solve this is to run down a simple timeline.

Malalas' Chronographia makes the following claims:

Saint Babylas (then patriarch of Antioch) refused to admit an emperor to the church
the emperor executed Babylas
the emperor went to war with the Persians
said emperor was captured following a siege at Carrhae

It becomes apparent he's referencing three distinct emperors, all of whom predate Numerian by a generation.