Roman Empire, Julia Soaemias, +222, AR Denarius
Obv.Drap. bust r.
Rev.Venus Caelestis with apple and sceptre, besides star
Julia Soaemias Bassiana († 11 March 222 in Rome).
She was the mother of the Roman Emperor Elagabal (204-222).
Julia Soaemias came from a very influential Syrian family. This family was probably closely connected with the local religious cult of the god Elagabal. Her son, whose real name was Varius Avitus Bassianus, was given the name Elagabal, but only long after his death.
During Elagabal's four-year reign (218-222), Julia Soaemias initially played a key role in guiding and influencing her son.
However, they both made themselves extremely unpopular with the Roman people. The introduced oriental customs and the arbitrary religious policy met with lively rejection and unacceptance. Both were murdered together in Rome in 222.
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