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NABATAEA. Syllaios and Aretas IV. Circa 9-6 BC. AR Trihemiobol (10.5mm, 0.84 g, 1h). Petra mint. Struck circa 9-8 BC. Diademed head of Obodas III right; Aramaic shin to left / Aramaic shin (Syllaios) and ḥēth (Aretas) within wreath. Meshorer, Nabataea, Sup. 4; Huth 60; HGC 10, –. VF, toned, rough surfaces, traces of deposits.

Describing Obodas III’s chief minister Syllaios, the historian Josephus writes “for the most part his [Obodas’] realm was governed by Syllaios, who was a clever man, still young in years and handsome.” (Antiquitates Judaicae, XVI, 220) On the death of Obadas, Syllaios, likely positioning himself to become king, took control alongside Aretas IV, Obodas’ son and intended successor. Within months he was brought to Rome, found guilty of murdering Obodas, and cast from the Tarpeian rock.