The Empress Julia Aquilia Severa

This is our entry in Lost in Translation’s BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: IMPERFECT.

In September 2106, we visited the National Archeological Museum in Athens, Greece. One of our favorite exhibits was the bronze statue, found at Sparta, of the Empress Julia Aquilia Severa. She was the second and fourth wife of the notorious Roman Emperor Heliogabalus (also known as Elagabalus), who ruled from 218 to 222 AD. (Heliogabalus’ name as Emperor was Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; he became Emperor at the age of 14 and was assassinated at 18.) The statue of Julia Aquilia is 6 feet tall, and so may be life-sized. The building in which the statue was erected caught fire and collapsed, causing the damage seen.

Julia Aquilia Severa

This photo was taken on September 23, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4,  ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/20 sec, 9 mm

3 thoughts on “The Empress Julia Aquilia Severa”

    1. Thank you. The statue is fascinating from all angles, but we liked this view the best. The National Archaeological Museum in Athens dates the statue as AD 221-222. Julia Aquilia was Empress for 220-221 and 221-222 AD. The 3rd wife was Empress for only a few weeks.


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