Flavia Titiana

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Flavia Titiana from Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum

Flavia Titiana was a Roman empress, wife of emperor Pertinax, who ruled briefly in 193 (known as "Year of the Five Emperors").


Flavia Titiana was the daughter of a Senator, Titus Flavius Claudius Sulpicianus, and sister of Titus Flavius Titianus (b. ca 165), Consul suffectus ca 200 who married Postumia Varia (b. ca 175). Her maternal grandfather was Titus Flavius Titianus (b. ca 95), who was Praefectus of Aegyptus between 126 and 133 and was believed to be a third son of Titus Flavius Clemens and wife Flavia Domitilla.

She married Publius Helvius Pertinax, a rich self-made man who had a successful military and civil career. She bore two children, a boy called Publius Helvius Pertinax and an unknown daughter.

Pertinax was proclaimed emperor after the murder of Commodus on January 1, 193. While the new princeps was offering the customary sacrifice on the Capitoline Hill, the Roman Senate gave Flavia Titiana the honorary title of Augusta. After the murder of Pertinax by the Praetorian Guard on March 28, neither Flavia nor her children were hurt.

The highly unreliable Historia Augusta claims that Flavia Titiana "carried on an amour quite openly with a man who sang to the lyre", but Pertinax was not concerned.[1]


Royal titles
Preceded by
Bruttia Crispina
Empress of Rome
Succeeded by
Manlia Scantilla