Annia Fundania Faustina

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Annia Fundania Faustina (died 192) was a noble Roman woman who lived in the 2nd century during the Roman Empire. She was the paternal cousin of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his sister Annia Cornificia Faustina.

Fundania Faustina was the daughter of the Roman Consul Marcus Annius Libo and Fundania. Her brother was a younger Marcus Annius Libo who served as a Legatus in Syria in 162. Fundania Faustina’s maternal grandparents are unknown; however her paternal grandparents are the Roman consul Marcus Annius Verus and Rupilia Faustina. She was born and raised in Rome.

Through her paternal grandmother, she was related to the ruling Nerva–Antonine dynasty of the Roman Empire. Her paternal aunt was Empress Faustina the Elder (wife of Emperor Antoninus Pius and mother of Empress Faustina the Younger) and her paternal uncle was praetor Marcus Annius Verus (father of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the paternal grandmother of Empress Lucilla and Emperor Commodus).

Fundania Faustina, married the Roman Politician Titus Pomponius Proculus Vitrasius Pollio. She bore him two children who were:

  • Son, Titus Fundanius Vitrasius Pollio. Titus was executed in 182 on the orders of Commodus, because Titus was involved in a conspiracy against the Emperor.
  • Daughter, Vitrasia Faustina

Before 180, her husband had died and Fundania Faustina never remarried. During the reign of her unstable paternal cousin Commodus (180-192), she decided to withdraw from public life and chose to live in retirement in Achaea. In 192 before the death of Commodus, he ordered Fundania Faustina’s death and she was later executed in that year.

Sources[edit]

  • Septimius Severus: the African emperor, by Anthony Richard Birley Edition: 2 – 1999
  • From Tiberius to the Antonines: a history of the Roman Empire AD 14-192, by Albino Garzetti, 1974
  • Mutilation and transformation: damnatio memoriae and Roman imperial portraiture By Eric R. Varner 2004