Junia Tertia

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Junia Tertia, or Tertulla, (c. 60 BCs-22 AD) was the third daughter of Servilia Caepionis and her second husband Decimus Junius Silanus, half-sister of Marcus Junius Brutus,[1] and wife of Gaius Cassius Longinus.

She was first said by some to be the natural daughter of Julius Caesar, her mother's lover at the time of her birth. Later on it was said that Servilia offered her up to Caesar when his interest in her mother began to wane - although the former rumour, that his interest in her was paternal, seems the more likely to be true (as it is unlikely that both were true at once: incest not being a vice that Caesar was ever accused of even by his worst enemies). Either could have been the reason for Cicero to remark, at an auction where Caesar had sold goods to Servilia at reduced prices, that they had been discounted by a third (tertia).[2]

Like her mother, Tertia was allowed to outlive her husband Cassius, unmolested by the triumvirs and Augustus. She survived to an advanced age, dying in 22 AD, 64 years after the battle at Philippi, [3] during the reign of the emperor Tiberius. She had amassed a great estate in her long widowhood, and left her fortune to many prominent Romans, excepting the emperor himself. Tiberius returned the favor by allowing a large funeral to be held in her honor, but prohibiting the masks of Brutus and Cassius to be displayed in the procession.[4]


  1. ^ Woodman, Anthony (2004). The Annals By Cornelius Tacitus. Hackett Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-87220-558-1. 
  2. ^ Suetonius, The Lives of Twelve Caesars, Life of Julius Caesar 50
  3. ^ Tacitus, Annals III.76
  4. ^ Tacitus, Annals III.76

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