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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 Deified Faustinas

The Deified Faustinas

Association, Assimilation, and Consecration

(p.119) Chapter Six The Deified Faustinas
Faustina I and II

Barbara M. Levick

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ways in which the Faustinas I and II were accorded divine status through the efforts of their husbands, as well as the parallels drawn between the two Faustinas and their predecessors. As deification often follows death, the empress' memories are preserved via consecration, with their own temples and cults and priesthoods. Other traditions also involve assimilation of the figure into an existing deity, such as in the case of Faustina I and the goddess Ceres. Lastly, the person may simply be commemorated by lending their names to important aspects of culture, such as Antoninus Pius's proposal that the month of October should be named after his wife, Faustina I.

Keywords:   divine status, deification, Ceres, October, Faustina I, Antoninus Pius

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