Official Name: JULIA DOMNA AUGUSTA
Birthdate: Circa 170 CE.
Birthplace: Emesa, Syria (modern-day Homs).
(Historia Augusta, Life of Septimius Severus, 3.9) (Cassius Dio, Roman History, 79.30)
Reign: Julia Domna became empress in 193 CE, when her husband Septimius Severus won the throne in a civil war. Following his death in 211 CE, her sons Caracalla and Geta inherited the position of emperor.
(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 74.17 & 77.15)
Septimius Severus (187-211 CE)
(Historia Augusta, Life of Septimius Severus, 3.9) (Cassius Dio, Roman History, 77.15)
Julia Domna and Septimius Severus had two sons together. Both would serve as emperor after their father’s death.
Caracalla (188-217 CE)
(Historia Augusta, Life of Septimius Severus, 3.9 & 4.2)
Geta (189-211 CE)
(Historia Augusta, Life of Antoninus Geta, 3.1)
Julia Domna committed suicide in Antioch in 217 CE after hearing that her son, Caracalla, had been assassinated by his soldiers.
(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 79.23-24)
Head of Julia Domna, Palatine Antiquarium, Rome, April 2019
Statue of Julia Domna, Colosseum Antiquarium (Roma Universalis Exhibition), Rome, February 2019
Head of Julia Domna, NY Carlsberg Glyptothek, Copenhagen, September 2018
(Historia Augusta, Life of Septimius Severus, 3.9)
Marcus Aurelius 676)
(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 78.2)
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