A Tourist in Rome - Geta

Birth:March 7, 189 AD
Death:December 19/26, 211 AD (murdered by his brother, Caracalla)
Emperor:209 AD - death

Publius Septimius Geta was emperor with his father Septimius Severus and his older brother Caracalla from 209 AD when he was named augustus like his brother who had held the title since 198 AD. Septimus Severus died in 211 and although he intended for his sons to rule together, Caracalla murdered Geta instead. Caracalla then ordered the "damnation of his memory" (meaning "erasure from history") which was carried out completely. You can see evidence of this on the Arch of the Money-Changers and the Arch of Septimius Severus. Very few portraits exist of Geta since Caracalla ordered him to be wiped from history,

    
Geta, in the National Museum of Rome, Palazzo Altemps
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Geta, in the National Museum of Rome, Palazzo Altemps
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Geta, in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
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Geta, in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
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Caracalla or Geta, from around 211 AD, in the Hall of the Emperors of the Palazzo Nuovo of the Capitoline Museum
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Portrait of Geta (?) from 209-212 AD, in the National Museum of Rome, Palazzo Massimo
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Portrait of Geta (?) from 209-212 AD, in the National Museum of Rome, Palazzo Massimo
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Apollo-type statue of Geta, from 209-212 AD, in the National Museum of Rome, Palazzo Massimo
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