||IVLIA CORNELIA PAVLA
was married to Elagabalus upon his ascendance to the throne in the
summer of 219 A.D., and simultaneously raised to the position of
Augusta. With the marriage, Elagabalus ' grandmother, Julia Maesa,
intended to have her young protégé gain
acceptance from the
Roman aristocracy. After all, Julia Paula was the daughter of the
praetorian prefect Julius Paulus, and as such a well respected member
of the Roman nobility. But the marriage was doomed from the start,
allegedly because the
empress did not share her husband's desires and extravagant behavior.
Elagabalus divorced her in late 220 or early 221 A.D. to marry
Vestal Virgin Julia Aquilia Severa. After the divorce Julia Paula was
allowed to retire into private life, and disappeared from the limelight.
(Contributed by Jan de Veen)
Denarius (19x21mm, 2.90gr), Struck 219A.D. in Rome
Obv: IVLIA PAVLA AVG Diademed and draped bust right
Rev: CONCORDIA AVGG Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
RIC 216 (Elagabalus), RSC 16, Sear 7657
Bob Rinaldi Collection