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Emesa was a city in Syria during Roman times.

It had a temple to the Syrian sun god El Gebal[?] (Aramaic), also called Elagabalus (Latin) and Heliogabalus (Greek). It was the birth-place of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, better known as Heliogabalus. It was also Roman Emperor Aurelian's headquarter during his campaign against Queen Zenobia of Palmyra.

It is called Homs or Hims today.

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