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Sallustia Orbiana was a Roman empress, the wife of the Roman Emperor Severus Alexander, who ruled from 222 to 235 CE. Sallustia Orbiana is less well-known than some other historical figures of that period in Roman history.
Early Life and Marriage
Sallustia Orbiana was born in the third century CE to a family of Roman nobles. She was married to Severus Alexander, who became emperor in 222 AD after the assassination of his cousin, Emperor Elagabalus. Sallustia was the daughter of Seius Sallustius, a consul who served in 207 AD, and the granddaughter of Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus Africanus, who served as consul in 238 AD.
Sallustia and Severus were married in 225 AD, and they had a son named Marcus Julius Gessius Bassianus Alexianus, later known as Gordian III. Gordian III would go on to become emperor in 238 AD after the deaths of his grandfather and uncle.
Empress of Rome
As empress, Sallustia was known for her beauty and intelligence. She was also a patron of the arts, sponsoring various artistic endeavors throughout the empire. Sallustia’s role as empress was largely ceremonial, and she did not play a significant role in political affairs. However, she was known to be a trusted advisor to her husband, and he often sought her counsel on important matters.
Exile and Death
Despite her prominence as empress, Sallustia’s life was challenging. In 227 CE, Severus Alexander’s mother, Julia Mamaea, became jealous of Sallustia and accused her of adultery. Severus Alexander, who was close to his mother, believed the accusations and exiled Sallustia to Africa. While in exile, Sallustia lived in poverty and was subjected to harsh treatment. In 231 CE, Severus Alexander
SALL BARBIA ORBIANA AVG, Bust of Orbiana, diademed, draped, right.
CONCORDIA AVGVSTORVM, Concordia seated left on the throne, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
Size and Material
Material: Silver-plated Lead-Free Metal
Packaged in a coin double pocket flip, with a printed description.
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