JVLIA PAVLA
First wife of Elagabalus

Augusta: A.D. 219-220

 
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 the 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)

The Denarii

Silver 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