Geta murdered in the arms of his Mother. A.R. 960.

WAG 7749


This is one of a group of drawings by British artist and book illustrator Edward Francis Burney, depicting scenes from Greek and Roman history and mythology. This composition was used for a headpiece in 'Le Souvenir, A Pocket Remembrancer', a memorandum book printed by J Cary for Godwin in 1807, on the page for 16th July. Emperor Geta (189 - 211) reigned jointly with his father and his brother, Caracalla. His father died in 211 and a rivalry between the two brothers that had remained hidden whilst their father was still alive became public. The brothers formed opposing military factions, threatening civil war, until Caracalla ordered Geta to be killed in their mother's arms, in her palace apartment.