God of the Week: Sol Invictus

01/02/2012: Sol Invictus

Sol Invictus (the invincible Sun) was a Roman sun god, made the official god by the emperor Aurelian in the late 3rd century CE. Sol Invictus may be a continuation of the earlier solar deity Sol, or a new derivation of the Syrian god Heliogabalus, introduced earlier that century by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus . December 25th was celebrated as of the birth of Sol Invictus in the Roman Empire (Dies Natalis Solis Invicti).

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