Julia Avita Mamaea, born as the second daughter of Julia Maesa and Julius Avitus after 180, was born into Syrian nobility. She was the mother of the emperor Alexander Severus. She governed well, but never had military support, and her son resented her. She reversed many excesses of the regime of Elagabalus. Her son married someone she chose eventually, but then she got jealous and made them divorce. She died in Germania in 235 when Maximinus was made Emperor and sent centurions to kill both her and Alexander Severus.