Aemilia Lepida (fiancee of Claudius)

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Aemilia Lepida from "Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum "
For other women with this name, see Aemilia Lepida.

Aemilia Lepida (5 BC – c. 43 AD) was a noble Roman woman and matron. She was the eldest daughter and first-born child of Julia the Younger (the first granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus) and consul Lucius Aemilius Paullus. Her father was of a distinguished and ancient patrician family. She was the first great-grandchild of Emperor Augustus, noble woman Scribonia and a great-grandchild of consul Lucius Aemilius Lepidus Paullus (brother of the triumvir Marcus Aemilius Lepidus). Aemilia Lepida had a younger brother named Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (6-39) who was married to Caligula's favorite sister Drusilla and who died in Caligula's reign.

In her younger years, Lepida was betrothed to Claudius, but her parents fell out of favour with Augustus so the emperor broke off the engagement. In 8, her mother Julia the Younger (otherwise called Vipsania Julia) was exiled for adultery, like her mother Julia. Her father Lucius was executed in 14 for participating in a conspiracy against Augustus.

By AD 13, Lepida had married Marcus Junius Silanus Torquatus, a member of the patrician branch of the ancient gens Junia. Their children were:

The time of her death is not known. She is sometimes said to have been poisoned on the orders of Agrippina the Younger during the reign of Nero, but this Lepida was evidently Domitia Lepida, the mother of Valeria Messalina and the second wife of Appius Junius Silanus.

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  1. ^ Barrett, Anthony, 'Caligula: The Corruption of Popwer' (Touchstone, 1989), p.viii-ix.