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Annia Faustina, Wife of Elagabalus, c. 221 A.D., Antiocheia, Pisidia
In 221, after Elagabalus was induced to end his highly controversial marriage to the Vestal Virgin Aquilia Severa, he married the recently widowed Annia Aurelia Faustina. The marriage was intended to form an alliance with the powerful aristocratic NervaĖAntonine clan, resulting from her blood relation to the dynasty. Elagabalus gave her the title of Augusta. Supporters of Elagabalus had hoped that Annia, the mother of two small children from her previous marriage, would bear him a natural heir; however, she bore him no children. There are no surviving sources providing details of Annia Aurelia Faustina's short time as a Roman empress. Before the end of 221, Elagabalus divorced her and returned to Julia Aquilia Severa. After her marriage to Elagabalus ended, she returned with her children to her Pisidian Estate where she spent the final years of her life.
RP21123. Bronze AE 18, NAC auction 25, lot 530 (same dies); SNG BnF
-, cf. 1184 (obv); BMC Pisidia
-; SNG Cop
-; SNG Righetti
-, aVF, porous, grain, flan crack
, Antioch in Pisidia
(Yalvac, Turkey) mint, weight
1.955g, maximum diameter
17.8mm, die axis
, c. 221 A.D.; obverse ANNIA
FAVSTINA AVG, draped bust
standing facing, head
right; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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