Claudia Marcella

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Claudia Marcella was the name of several women of ancient Rome of the Marcelli branch of the Claudia gens. By the late Republican period girls from this branch were often called "Clodia".[1]

A number of Marcellae are believed to have been the daughters of the consul Gaius Claudius Marcellus

The two surviving daughters of Octavia (the sister of Roman emperor Augustus) by Marcellus[5] became important in Augustus imperial plans. According to the Roman Historian Suetonius, they were known as "the Marcellae sisters" or "the two Marcellae".[6] The sisters were born in Rome and lived with their mother and their stepfather Triumvir Mark Antony in Athens, Greece. After 36 BC they accompanied their mother when she returned to Rome with their brother and half-sisters. They were raised and educated by their mother, their maternal uncle and their maternal aunt-in-marriage Roman Empress Livia Drusilla.[5] They and their siblings provided a critical link between the past of the Roman Republic and the new Roman Empire.[7] The marriages of the sisters and the children born to their unions assured republican family lines into the next generation.[8]

A number of other women could have been Marcellae:


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  6. ^ Kleiner, Cleopatra and Rome, p.32
  7. ^ Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, p. 205
  8. ^ Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, p. 204
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  • Diana E. E. Kleiner, Cleopatra and Rome, Harvard University Press, 2009
  • N. Kokkinos, Antonia Augusta: Portrait of a Great Roman Lady, Psychology Press, 1992
  • M. Lightman & B. Lightman, A to Z of Ancient Greek and Roman Women, Infobase Publishing, 2008
  • G. Stern, Women, Children, and Senators on the Ara Pacis Augustae: A Study of Augustus' Vision of a New World Order in 13 BC, ProQuest, 2006
  • Ronald Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, Oxford University Press, 1989

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