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Julia Domna


Julia Domna as Luna (or Atargatis). British Museum, London (Britain). Photo Jona Lendering.
Julia Domna as Atargatis (or the Moon). (British Museum)
Julia Domna (c.170-217): Roman empress, wife of the emperor Septimius Severus.

Family:

The women of the Severan Dynasty.
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Julia Domna. Bust from the Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins.
Julia Domna (Louvre)

Life:

  • c.170: Born in Emesa
  • 185: Marriage to Septimius Severus
  • 186: Birth of Caracalla
  • 189: Birth of Geta
  • 193: Accession of Severus; Julia Domna called Augusta
  • 195: Honorary title Mater Castrorum
  • 211, February: Death of her husband
  • 211, December: Caracalla kills Geta
  • 215: In charge of the cura epistularum Graecarum, epistularum Latinarum, and the office of a libellis
  • 217: Assassination of Caracalla; commits suicide in Antioch
  • Buried in the Mausoleum of Augustus, later transferred to the Mausoleum of Hadrian

Other:

Julia Domna played an important role as center of circle of Roman and Greek philosophers and sophists, including Philostratus, whom she ordered to write the Life of Apollonius


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