Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Julia Domna

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Date:

AD 196/211, issued by Septimius

Artist:

Roman, minted in Rome

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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Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Julia Domna

Origin

Rome

Date

196 AD–211 AD

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: IVLIA AVGVSTA "Revered Julia" Reverse: PIETAS AVGG (Pietas Augustorum) "Piety of the Emperors"

Dimensions

Diam. 2 cm; 7.34 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4883

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