GETA, as Caesar
AR Denarius. 2.9g, 20.3mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 200-202
REF: RIC 20a
OBVERSE: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, bare-headed and draped bust right.
REVERSE: SECVRIT IMPERII, Securitas, draped, seated left, holding globe in right hand, left arm resting on arm of chair.
Upon the death of Septimius Severus, Geta and his older brother, Caracalla, were proclaimed co-rulers of the Roman empire. Where Caracalla was forceful, brutal and domineering, Geta was thoughtful, urbane and charming. Rome had had co-emperors before in the past, but never two that hated each other as passionately as did the Caracalla and Geta. In the months that followed their coronation, the rivalry between the two young emperors grew so great that at times it seemed like they might decide to simply divide the empire into halves.
Finally, Caracalla asked their mother, the empress Julia Domna, to arrange a meeting where the brothers might discuss a reconciliation. Caracalla then arranged for centurions loyal to him to ambush the meeting and murder Geta, who died in his mother's arms.
GETA, as Caesar . AD 198-209 . AR Denarius . Securitas seated
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