Intaglio Jewelry :
Roman Seal Rings : Gold Ring Featuring a Roman Red Jasper Intaglio of Emperor Elagabalus
Gold Ring Featuring a Roman Red Jasper Intaglio of Emperor Elagabalus - FJ.3350b
Collection: Intaglio Jewelry
Medium: Gold, Diamonds
Location: United States
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This genuine Ancient Roman red jasper
intaglio depicting the bust of Elagabalus has
been mounted in a stunning modern 18 Karat
gold ring inset with diamonds.
The draped bust of Emperor Elagabalus faces
to the left, with a military standard in the
background on his left and a crescent moon on
Elagabalus became emperor through the
diligence and bravery of his grandmother, Julia
Maesa. A powerful and immensely wealthy
woman of the Severan family, she incited the
Syrian legions stationed at Emesa to revolt
against Macrinus in favor of her grandson.
Although his Roman name was Bassianus,
Elagabalus derives from his position as high
priest of Elagabal, the Syrian god Ba’al.
Elagabalus was one of the more scandalous
rulers in Roman history. He was famed for
hosting wild parties where overindulgence of
all types was encouraged. The Eastern gods he
brought to Rome were strange even to the
permissive Roman society of the day. Perhaps
his most offensive act was marrying a Vestal
Virgin. To the Romans this act of Elagabalus
not only desecrated their religion, but also
their heritage. Julia Maesa attempted to regain
control of the situation by having her other
grandson, Severus Alexander, declared Caesar.
When Elagabalus revoked this promotion, the
Praetorian Guard, encouraged by Julia Maesa,
rebelled against their emperor, hunted down,
and executed Elagabalus.