Solar Eclipse of 255 BC

Note this solar eclipse would have been visible in Joppa( modern day Tel Aviv) and Carthage. The First Punic War was being fought in Sicily and North Africa. This ended in Roman naval domination of the Western Mediterranean. The Romans had a distasterous naval defeat in 255 BC and lost a Roman fleet in a storm off Sicily, 275 ships and over 100,000 men.

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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.