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For other uses, see Licinia (disambiguation).

Licinia is the name used by ancient Roman women of the gens Licinia, including

  • Licinia (died 153 BC), a woman killed by her relatives in 153 BC for allegedly murdering her husband Claudius Asellus; another woman similarly accused was Publicia, wife of the consul Lucius Postumius Albinus (consul 154 BC). Both women assigned real estate as bail to the urban praetor, but were killed (strangled) by their relatives before coming to trial. Sources: Livy: Periochae 48'c-d; Valerius Maximus Maximus/6*.html#3.8 6.3'8
  • Licinia Crassa (flourished 2nd century BC & 1st century BC), noted for her beauty; the wife firstly of Quintus Mucius Scaevola, a future consul and Pontifex Maximus, who became notorious for her adultery with another consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus Nepos. Metellus Nepos divorced his wife to marry Licinia a week later, after she had been divorced by her husband and thus disgraced in Roman society. The couple later had two sons, both of them consuls. By her first husband, she was also mother of Mucia Tertia, triumvir Pompey's third wife.
  • Licinia (flourished 1st century BC), a Vestal Virgin who was courted by her kinsman triumvir Marcus Licinius Crassus who wanted her property. This relationship gave rise to rumors. Plutarch says: "And yet when he was further on in years, he was accused of criminal intimacy with Licinia, one of the vestal virgins and Licinia was formally prosecuted by a certain Plotius. Now Licinia was the owner of a pleasant villa in the suburbs which Crassus wished to get at a low price, and it was for this reason that he was forever hovering about the woman and paying his court to her, until he fell under the abominable suspicion. And in a way it was his avarice that absolved him from the charge of corrupting the vestal, and he was acquitted by the judges. But he did not let Licinia go until he had acquired her property." [3] Licinia became a Vestal Virgin in 85 BC and remained a Vestal until 61 BC.[4]
  • Licinia Magna, daughter of the consul Marcus Licinius Crassus Frugi and Scribonia (a descendant of Pompey).[2] She married the Roman Senator Lucius Calpurnius Piso,[2] who served as one of the consuls in 57.[3] Piso was later killed by Roman emperor Vespasian as an enemy of the emperor. Licinia and Piso had a daughter called Calpurnia who married Calpurnius Piso Galerianus son of Gaius Calpurnius Piso (co-consul in 41 with Claudius).[4] Calpurnius Piso Galerianus was executed in 70 for opposing Vespasian.[5] Licinia died at an unknown date from 70 until 80 as her grave altar is dated from this period, which was found on the grounds of Villa Bonaparte near the Porta Salaria. The land may have been part of the family’s suburban estates and her grave altar is on display at the Vatican Museums.[6] Licinia may had another sister called Licinia.[2]


  1. ^ Plutarch is wrong in believing that Licinia lost her dowry permanent; what was confiscated was her husband's property, and she had to sue to reclaim her dowry. The suit also definitely establishes Gracchus's wife's name as Licinia. Radin, Max. "The Wife of Gaius Gracchus and Her Dowry", Classical Philology, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul., 1913), pp. 354-356;
  2. ^ a b c d Syme, The Roman Revolution, p.578
  3. ^ Elsner, Life, Death and Representation: Some New Work on Roman Sarcophagi, p.57
  4. ^ The Cambridge Ancient History. Vol. 5, VII ed. London: Cambridge University Press, 1970-2007.
  5. ^ Anne Publie. "Les Cneuius". [6] & Anne Publie. "Les Caesoninus" [7]
  6. ^ Elsner, Life, Death and Representation: Some New Work on Roman Sarcophagi, p.p.31&46
  7. ^ The Piso Frugi family