Laberia Hostilia Crispina

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Laberia Hostilia Crispina, full name Laberia Marcia Hostilia Crispina Moecia Cornelia, was a noble Roman woman and heiress that lived between the second half of the 1st century AD and the first half of the 2nd century AD in the Roman Empire.

Laberia was a contemporary to the rule of Roman Emperor Domitian 81-96 and the rule of the Nervan-Antonian dynasty of Ancient Rome. She was the daughter and only child born to Manius Laberius Maximus and her mother is an unnamed Roman woman. Laberia belonged to a distinguished family of Equestrian rank who came from Lanuvium (modern Lanuvio, Italy).

Her father was a significant, distinguished Senator, Suffect Consul and General during the reigns of Emperors Domitian and Trajan. While her paternal grandfather Lucius Laberius Maximus, was a distinguished politician in Domitian’s reign. Lucius successfully was a prefect in charge of the grain supply of Rome. Later he served as the Governor of the Egypt province and became a Praetorian prefect. While her paternal great, grandfather another Lucius Laberius Maximus served as a magistrate.

Laberia was born and raised in Lanuvium or Rome. When her father died in 117, Laberia inherited her family’s fortune and became a rich heiress to the family name. She married the consul and senator Caius Bruttius Praesens Lucius Fulvius Rusticus as his second wife, while Praesens was her first and only husband.

Laberia settled and lived with her husband in Volceii, Lucania, Italy. Around or in 119, Laberia bore Praesens a son and only child Lucius Fulvius Gaius Bruttius Praesens Laberius Maximus Polyonymus. Her son would become later a Consul and Senator. Through her son, Laberia would become the paternal grandmother to future consul Lucius Bruttius Quintius Crispinus and future Roman empress Bruttia Crispina, who married the future Roman Emperor Commodus. Through Lucius Bruttius Quintius Crispinus, she would have further descendants who would become consuls.