Alexander The Great, 327 BC Tarsus Mint

Julius Caesar admired Alexander the Great as a hero. The above coin is the reverse of a tetradrachm of Alexander the Great minted in the city of Tarsus in 327 AD. The "theta" symbol below the chair may represent the solar eclipse of 335 BC. The Greek god Zeus is seated holding an eagle and plow. Following the solar eclipse of 335 BC Alexander the Great began the conquest and Hellenization of the Levant. It is interesting to think that from Tarsus the apostle Paul would begin the Judeo-Christianization of the Roman Empire 300 some years later. Solar eclipses may have affected military planning as much as terrain weather.

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2000 years ago the cross was a Roman symbol of death and terror. Jesus Christ transformed this symbol into a universal sign of God's love, hope and resurrection. Solar eclipse events are recorded in Roman mythology during the conception of Romulus and Remus by the war god Mars and during the foundation of the city of Rome. The solar eclipse to the Romans was a sign from their gods that war was upon the Earth. The solar eclipse symbol of the star/pellet within the crescent on Roman coins and legionary standards was also a sign of their god's approval of Roman domination over conquered lands. Fifteen hundred years later, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Icon was presented to the New World as an inverted Roman Legionary Standard. Jesus Christ changed these symbols of Roman domination and slavery into an everlasting sign of God's love and compassion.