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Iūlia Drūsilla


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B. probably in ad 16, the second daughter of Germanicus and Vipsania Agrippina 2. Her name, like her sisters', was compulsorily included in vows and oaths after the accession of her brother Gaius 1 (Caligula). She was his favourite sister, and it was rumoured that their relations were incestuous. She was named as Gaius' heir during his illness (late 37), but died in 38. Public mourning was enforced throughout the empire and, though there was no precedent in Roman history for the deification of a woman, she was deified as Panthea, probably on the anniversary of Augustus' birthday.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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