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House of Emirates: Roman Empress Julia Domna Silver Denarius (196-211 AD )



We are pleased to offer you this beautiful silver roman denarius for the Roman Empress Julia Domna ( 196 – 211 AD ), the wife of Emperor Septimius Severus.

Diameter: 17/18 mm

Weight: ca 3 g

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Julia Domna, born in Syria around 170 AD, rose to prominence as the Roman Empress through her marriage to Emperor Septimius Severus. Renowned for her intelligence, charm, and political acumen, Julia played a pivotal role in shaping the policies of the Roman Empire during the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries.

Highly educated and fluent in several languages, Julia was a patron of philosophy and literature, fostering a vibrant intellectual atmosphere in the imperial court. She wielded significant influence over her husband, advising him on matters of state and diplomacy.

Julia Domna’s reign as empress was marked by stability and prosperity, with her efforts to promote trade and commerce contributing to the empire’s economic growth. She was also instrumental in advancing the rights of women within Roman society, advocating for greater autonomy and education for women of all social classes.

Despite her accomplishments, Julia faced challenges, particularly during the tumultuous period following Severus’ death. Her sons, Caracalla and Geta, engaged in a bitter power struggle, ultimately resulting in Geta’s murder and straining Julia’s relationship with Caracalla.

Julia Domna’s legacy endures as that of a formidable empress who navigated the complexities of Roman politics with grace and skill, leaving an indelible mark on the empire’s history.