Severus Alexander

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Silver Denarius.

Severus Alexander- Gessius Bassianus Alexianus, adopted as Marcus Aurelius Alexander, added the name Severus upon his accession. He was born in AD 208 and raised in Syria like his cousin Elagabalus and was a hereditary priest to the sun-god Baal. He was deemed wholesome and virtuous by most Romans. When the troops killed Elagabalus, they readily hailed Alexander as Augustus on March 6, AD 222. Alexander was killed by a band of mutinous Pannonian troops in AD 235.

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Silver Denarius.

Severus Alexander- Gessius Bassianus Alexianus, adopted as Marcus Aurelius Alexander, added the name Severus upon his accession. He was born in AD 208 and raised in Syria like his cousin Elagabalus and was a hereditary priest to the sun-god Baal. He was deemed wholesome and virtuous by most Romans. When the troops killed Elagabalus, they readily hailed Alexander as Augustus on March 6, AD 222. Alexander was killed by a band of mutinous Pannonian troops in AD 235.

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Origin

Ancient Rome

Date

222 – 235 A.D.

Obverse

IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXANDER AVG, As Augustus. Young Laurete head, draped bust.

Reverse

SALVS PVBLICA. Salus seated, using patera to feed snake rising from altar. Salus- "health, welfare", includes welfare of the Roman people, army and state.