Galeria Fundana

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Galeria Fundana from Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum

Galeria Fundana (c. 40 – aft. 69) was a Roman empress of the 1st century CE, the second wife of Roman emperor Vitellius.

Life[edit]

The daughter of an ex-praetor Galerius and Fundania, sister of Lucius Fundanius (father of another Lucius Fundanius who married Plautia, daughter of Lucius Aelius Plautius Lamia Aelianus and Domitia Longina) and daughter of one Fundanius, and perhaps the paternal granddaughter of Gaius Galerius, Prefect of Egypt in 23, Galeria bore two children during her marriage, a son and a daughter.[1][2]

Tacitus, who writes unfavourably about Vitellius, claims that Galeria was a woman of "exemplary virtue" who "took no part in [Vitellius's] horrors."[3]

Her son Vitellius, renamed Germanicus by his father in 69, was killed during the Flavian Revolt, together with Vitellius himself. Galeria's life was spared and she was allowed to bury her husband. Her daughter, Vitellia was helped by a generous Vespasian to make a good marriage.

Another Galeria Fundana married Decimus Rupilius Libo Frugi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Life of Vitellius, (Suetonius; English translation and Latin original).
  2. ^ Vitellius, livius.org.
  3. ^ Tacitus, (Fyfe, W. Hamilton, transl.), The Histories, Vol. I, Project Gutenberg eBook, gutenberg.org.
Royal titles
Preceded by
Statilia Messalina
Empress of Rome
69
Succeeded by
Domitia Longina