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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Dates/Places: Roman Republic and Empire
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Coin Showing Empress Julia Domna
Title Type: preferred
Title: Reverse: 'Piety' offers incense at altar
Title Type: alternate
Title: Coin: Piety Stands (reverse)
Creation Start Date: 193
Creation End Date: 211
Creation Date: Reign of Septimius Severus, Roman Empire, c. A.D. 199-207
Creation Place: Europe,Italy,Lazio (region),Roma (province),Rome
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Coin
Materials and Techniques: Gold aureus
Dimensions: Diameter: 2 cm (3/4 in.)
Inscriptions: Obverse: JULIA AUGUSTA ('Augusta' means 'Revered' or 'Venerable')Reverse: PIETAS AUGG (Pietas Augustorum: Proper attitude among the imperial family')
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1922.4883
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Martin A. Ryerson
Subject Description: 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.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1922.4883
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999
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