Junia Secunda

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Junia, called Junia Secunda by modern historians to distinguish her from her sisters, was an ancient Roman woman who lived in the 1st century BC. She was the second daughter of Servilia Caepionis, the lover of Julius Caesar and sister of Cato the Younger, and Decimus Junius Silanus, the elder being Junia Prima and the younger Junia Tertia. She was the half-sister of Marcus Junius Brutus, the most famous of Julius Caesar's assassins. She married Marcus Aemilius Lepidus who was a member of the Second Triumvirate, along with Mark Antony and Octavian (Later Augustus).

In 50 BC, Cicero claimed that Junia was unfaithful to Lepidus, that her portrait being found among the chattels of the debauchee Vedius, and expresses his surprise at her brother and husband taking no notice of her conduct.[1] However some have argued that it was Junia Prima, rather than Junia Secunda, who had the affair with Vedius. Junia was part of a plot to kill Octavian, formed by her son Lepidus the Younger, after the battle of Actium, however it was foiled.[2]

Family tree[edit]

  • (1)=1st spouse
  • (2)=2nd spouse
  • x=assassin of Caesar

Salonia (2)
Cato the Elder
Licinia (1)
Marcus Porcius Cato Salonianus
Marcus Porcius Cato Licinianus
Marcus Livius Drusus
Marcus Porcius Cato (2)
Livia Drusa
Quintus Servilius Caepio the Younger (1)
Marcus Livius Drusus
Atilia (1)
Cato the Younger
Marcus Livius Drusus Claudianus, adopted son
Marcus Junius Brutus the Elder (1)
Servilia Caepionis
Decimus Junius Silanus (2)
Servilia the Younger
Quintus Servilius Caepio
Porcia Catonis
Marcus Junius Brutus x
Junia Prima
Junia Tertia
Gaius Cassius Longinus x
Marcus Porcius Cato (II)
Junia Secunda
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (triumvir)
Descendant of Pompey and Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Lepidus the Younger
Manius Aemilius Lepidus
Aemilia Lepida II
  1. ^ Cic. ad Att. vi. 1
  2. ^ Appian, J5. (7. iv, 50.)