Geta, son of Septimius Severus, Moesia Inferior-Markianopolis 209-211 AD

Caracalla had his brother Geta killed in the arms of their mother in 211 AD. Caracalla became emperor and had the memory of his brother erased from everything, "damnatio memorare." This coin appears to predict the eclipse of 212 AD in the city it was minted. The eclipse of 212 AD was clearly visible in Markianopolis, modern day coastal Romania. Photo by Beast coins

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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.