Julia Avita Mamaea

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Younger daughter of Julia Maesa, wife of Gessius Marcianus, was mother of Severus Alexander and became Augusta on his accession (ad 222). She enjoyed unusual prominence for an empress throughout her son's reign, sharing his popularity until military pressures turned the army against the dynasty; she was murdered with him in March 235.

Anthony R. Birley

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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