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Faustina I and II: Imperial Women of the Golden Age

Barbara M. Levick


The elder Faustina (c.97–140 AD) was the wife of Antonius Pius and the aunt of Marcus Aurelius, and her more prominent daughter, Faustina II (130–175), the wife of Marcus Aurelius and the mother of Commodus. Bearing the same name, and both the wives of rulers, these women shed valuable light on the role of imperial women in in what is often considered the golden age of the Roman Empire. This book highlights the importance of these women to the internal politics of the Empire during this period and shows how they are links in a chain of elite Roman women for whom varying levels of recognition a ... More

Keywords: Faustina Antonius Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Faustina II, Commodus, Roman Empire, Matidiae, Plotina, Sabina, Severan dynasty, Julia Domna

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780195379419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195379419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara M. Levick, author
Emeritus Fellow and Tutor in Literae Humaniores, St. Hilda's College, Oxford