Person:Julia Maesa (1)

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Julia Maesa _____
b.Abt 165
d.Abt 3 Aug 224
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Name Julia Maesa _____
Gender Female
Birth[1] Abt 165 7 May
Marriage to Julius Avitus _____
Death[1] Abt 3 Aug 224
Reference Number? Q231258?


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Julia Maesa (7 May before 160 AD - AD) was a 3rd-century Augusta (empress) of the Roman Empire from Arab origins and a powerful, prominent and influential figure in the empire's politics during the rule of the Severan dynasty. Born in Emesa, Syria (modern day Homs), Maesa was the daughter of the high priest of Emesa's Temple of the Sun, and the elder sister of future Roman empress Julia Domna.

Through her sister's marriage, she became sister-in law to the emperor Septimius Severus and later the aunt of emperors Caracalla and Geta. She herself married fellow Syrian Julius Avitus, who was of consular rank. She bore him two daughters, Julia Soaemias and Julia Mamaea, who would later became mothers of emperors Elagabalus and Severus Alexander respectively.

The Severan dynasty of ancient Rome was dominated by powerful women, one of which was Julia Maesa. Politically able and ruthless, she contended for political power after her sister's suicide. She is best known for her plotting and scheming which resulted in the restoration of the Severan dynasty to the Roman throne after the assassination of Caracalla and the usurpation of the Roman throne by Macrinus, after which she continued to shape and dominate the politics of the Roman Empire for well over two decades, being the major power behind the Roman throne in the subsequent reigns of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander until her death.

Julia Maesa died in Rome at an uncertain date between 223 and 226, and was later deified in Syria along with her sister.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Julia Maesa, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.