Flavius Clemens

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(consul ad 95),

grandson of Vespasian's brother Flavius Sabinus and husband of Flavia Domitilla (niece of Domitian); an ineffectual person, he was put to death and his wife exiled soon after his consulship. They are said to have been guilty of impiety, i.e., by implication, of practising Judaism; later tradition alleges that they were Christians. Domitian intended two of the seven children of Clemens—Vespasian and Domitian as they were to be called—to succeed him; they are not heard of after 96. Acc. to Suetonius, Clemens' death hastened that of Domitian: want of an adult heir probably encouraged assassins.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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