About this artwork
Obverse: Bust of Julia Domna right, draped
Reverse: Pietas stands left, right hand over lit and garlanded altar, cradles incense box in left arm
Julia Domna was the wife of the Emperor Septimius Severus and the mother of Caracalla and Geta. This coin was issued during the joint reign of Severus and his elder son. As the self-assured portrait on this coin suggests, Julia’s influence was openly recognized by contemporaries. Intellectual, ambitious, and steel-willed, the Syrian-born Julia was called "the philosopher". The figure of Piety on the reverse is a standard type, invoking the traditional Roman attitude of respect and duty toward one’s family, country, and gods.
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- Ancient and Byzantine Art
- Ancient Roman
- Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Julia Domna
- 196 AD–211 AD
- Obverse: IVLIA AVGVSTA "Revered Julia" Reverse: PIETAS AVGG (Pietas Augustorum) "Piety of the Emperors"
- Diam. 2 cm; 7.34 g
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson