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Cornelia

(c. 190—102 bc)


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Second daughter of Cornelius Scipio Africanus, married Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus 1. Of her twelve children only three reached adulthood: Sempronia, who married Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, and the two famous tribunes Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus 2 and Gaius Sempronius Gracchus. After her husband's death she did not remarry, devoting herself chiefly to the education of her children. Traditions about her attitude to the tribunes' political activities vary, but she made Gaius abandon his attack on Octavius. After Tiberius' death she retired to a villa at Misenum (where she heard of Gaius' death) and devoted herself to cultural pursuits and correspondence and conversation with distinguished men.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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