Julia Domna c.170 – 217 A.D.

Julia Domna was the wife of Septimius Severus and mother of Geta and Caracalla. She died in exile of either as a result of breast cancer or after a self-imposed hunger strike following Caracalla's murder.   AU Aureus RIC 381 (Caracalla), BMC 11a (Caracalla), C 110 Aureus Obv: IVLIAPIAFELIXAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: MATAVGGMATSENMPATR - Julia Domna seated left, holding branch and scepter. 211-215 (Rome). $5,500 1/13/03. RIC 536 (Septimius Severus), BMC 48 (Septimius Severus), C 193 Aureus Obv: IVLIADOMNAAVGVSTA - Draped bust right. Rev: VENERIVICTR - Venus standing right,...

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Geta 211 – 212 A.D.

Geta, Caracalla's brother and son of Septimius Severus, served as Caesar from 198 until his father's death in 211. At this point he became Augustus, sharing the top slot with Caracalla. Caracalla, in turn, wanted none of this and prepared to rid himself of his unwelcome sidekick. Tricking Geta into a feigned peace summit to be convened on the neutral grounds of their mother's residence, Geta was instead ambushed by a detachment of Caracalla's troops and cold-heartedly slain as he desperately sought refuge in his mother's arms. AU Aureus RIC 3 Denarius Obv: LSEPTIMIVSGETACAES - Bare-headed,...

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Caracalla 211 – 217 A.D

Caracalla's real name was Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. He got the nickname from his habit of wearing a cloak by the same name. Caracalla was the elder son of Septimius Severus and brother of Geta whom he positively hated. Hated so much, in fact, that he had him murdered a few years later. In the mayhem that follwed, Caracalla's men went on a killing spree of anyone suspected of being a Geta sympathizer. In the massacre, it's estimated up to 20.000 people lost their lives. Caracalla would go on to rule for another five years but his bad karma caught up with him and he was assassinated in a plot perpetrated...

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