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Roman Empire

Ruler: Julia Domna Wife of Septimius Severus
Reigned: died 217 AD
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Date of Issue: 198 AD
Obverse: Draped bust right. "IVLIA AVGVSTA"
Reverse: Julia veiled, standing left, sprinkling incense over an altar, with two legionary standards before her. "MATRI CASTRORVM" [1]
Reference: RCVM 6595, RIC 567, RSC 134
Weight: 2.8 gms
Diameter: 17.6 mm
Comment: [1] = Mother of the camps.

JULIA DOMNA wife of Septimius Severus

  • Julia Domna was the daughter of Julius Bassianus, a priest of Sol, and Soaemias, and was born at Emesa in Syria.
  • She was married to Septimius Septimius, after the death of his first wife, in about A.D. 173.
  • In 188 she bore him his first son who was named Bassianus, later changed to Antoninus, and nicknamed Caracalla. A year later another son, Geta, was born.
  • In 193, Severus became Emperor.
  • While he was away, fighting battles and crushing revolts, Julia Domna administered the Roman Empire.
  • After the death of Severus in 211, Caracalla and Geta succeeded to the throne.
  • Caracalla murdered Geta in their mother's private apartments and Geta died in her arms.
  • After the murder of her son Caracalla in 217, Julia Domna starved herself to death rather than face exile or worse.

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