He has gone close in the past - the ill-fated Alexander Severus
travelled like a winner to the final flight in the 2009 Fred Winter Hurdle and Noble Prince was hampered at the penultimate flight last year when holding every chance in the County Hurdle - but he has never had a monster like Hurricane Fly flying his flag in the Champion Hurdle, with Noble Prince as a solid back-up in the Jewson.
Marek said several competitions, shows and plays had been held within the scope of these festivals which had been started by Roman Emperor Alexander Severus
Homs is also known as "the City of Princesses" in reference to the four princesses or empresses of the Severan dynasty who ruled the city and the surrounding region from 187 to 235 AD, beginning with Julia Domna who gave birth to emperor Caracalla, then her older sister Julia Maesa, followed by the latter's daughters, Julia Soaemias and Julia Avita Mamaea, the second of which was the mother of Alexander Severus
, the last emperor of the Severan dynasty.
And CHAMPUS, f i f t h t o Alexander Severus
at Leopardstown, should appreciate the drying ground and gets the vote in the Fermoy Maiden Hurdle.
The 11-1 shot, trained in Newmarket by Mick Quinlan, was settled in midfield by Tom O'Brien and willingly picked up the favourite Alexander Severus
The Fred Winter is another minefield and Eddie O'Grady's Alexander Severus
has taken a pounding in the betting.
Big Zeb could get in the frame in the Champion Chase, and Psycho and Alexander Severus
hold big chances in the Coral Cup and Fred Winter respectively.
During the reign of the Gordians, following the death of Alexander Severus
in 235, the mural-crowned togatus was erected to honor a man now presumed to have been a priest in the cult.
The anonymous Augustan history Life of Alexander Severus
says that the emperor placed a bust of Christ in his private chapel: he (a pagan) would hardly have so honoured someone whose existence was doubtful.
The major and persistent Arian heresy coincided with the advent of Constantine (306-337), the first emperor to protect and promote Christianity, though both Hadrian (117-138) and Alexander Severus
(222-235) had intended to erect temples to Christ, the latter (who included a bust of Jesus in his private pantheon) being deterred by pagan advisers who said if he did, all the world would, become Christian.
The Phoenician merchant, converted to a belief in the importance of the Classical past, may stand as a paradigm for Alexander Severus
He also traveled extensively- to Rome in 212, to Arabia in 215, to Antioch at the invitation of Julia Mamaea mother of the Emperor Alexander Severus
, and to Palestine in 216.