Brief solar eclipse of 197 AD

This may have been seen in Carrhae and Antioch. Septimius Severus sacked the Parthian captital of Ctesiphon in 197 AD.(near Baghdad, Iraq)

Although the solar eclipse was very brief, ancient peoples were very aware of changes in the sky. They associated slight changes to the gods will. People were not looking at cell phones or computers and made their living in trades like agriculture and fishing.

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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.