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B. c.100 bc, daughter of Servilius Caepio and Livia, who was by her second marriage the mother of Porcius Cato 2. Servilia married first Iunius Brutus, to whom she bore Marcus Iunius Brutus the tyrannicide, and then Iunius Silanus; one of her daughters by Silanus married Cassius Longinus, the tyrannicide. Caesar was her lover for many years and remained on good terms with her: it was rumoured (implausibly) that Brutus, for whom he showed particular favour, was his son, and she profited from his sale of the Pompeians' confiscated estates. She may have been discreetly involved in high politics before the Civil War, and after Caesar's death Cicero's letters show her playing a leading part in the tyrannicides' deliberations, always protecting her son's interests. After his death at Philippi we hear no more about her, but for a short time, she was the most powerful woman of her generation.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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