Annia Galeria Faustīna

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Younger daughter of Antoninus Pius, was betrothed at Hadrian's wish to the future Lucius Verus in ad 138; this was set aside by Antoninus after Hadrian's death in favour of his wife's nephew Marcus Aurelius. The marriage took place in 145. Her first child, Domitia Faustina, was born in 147, and she at once became Augusta. She bore Marcus at least a dozen children, six of whom survived her, five daughters and a son, Commodus. The latter was alleged to be illegitimate; Faustina's loyalty as well as her marital fidelity were subject to question, not least in reports that she encouraged the rebellion of Avidius Cassius. But Marcus, who gave her the title ‘mother of the camp’ in 174, ignored these rumours and had her deified on her death in 175.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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