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Faustina I and IIImperial Women of the Golden Age$
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Barbara M. Levick

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195379419.001.0001

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The Faustinas as Empresses, 138–175

The Faustinas as Empresses, 138–175

(p.57) Chapter Four The Faustinas as Empresses, 138–175
Faustina I and II

Barbara M. Levick

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the combined efforts of Antoninus Pius and Faustina I to establish a dynasty based on family inheritance. The marriage between Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II was meant to solidify the monarchy, yet such unions were not without political consequences. Faustina II, as befitting an emperor's wife, stood for motherhood and fertility in her time; and the fact that her fame surpassed even that of her predecessor, Faustina I, also meant that her life, or rather the historical records detailing her life, were not without scandals and sensationalism.

Keywords:   Antoninus Pius, Faustina I, Faustina II, Marcus Aurelius, emperor's wife, motherhood and fertility, sensationalism, family inheritance, monarchy

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