Claudia Octavia

(39—62 ad)

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Daughter of Claudius and Valeria Messallina, b. by ad 40. She was betrothed in 49 to Iulia Agrippina's son Domitius Ahenobarbus (Nero), whom she married in 53. Nero, who disliked and neglected her, divorced her in 62 for sterility in order to marry Poppaea Sabina, and sent her to live in Campania under military surveillance. When a rumour that she had been reinstated provoked demonstrations of popular approval, he contrived fresh charges, banished her to Pandateria, and soon had her put to death. For the praetexta on her fate, see octavia.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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