Livia Orestilla

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Livia Orestilla from "Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum "

Livia Orestilla, or Cornelia Orestilla [1] was a Roman Empress as the second wife of the Emperor Caligula in AD 37 or 38. She was originally married to Gaius Calpurnius Piso (in particular the one involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor Nero in AD 65),[2] who was persuaded or forced to annul the marriage so that Caligula could marry her. According to both Dio and Suetonius, this occurred during Piso and Orestilla's wedding celebrations. Suetonius claims that Caligula issued a proclamation the next day that he had acquired a new wife in the tradition of Romulus and Augustus, who had both stolen wives from other men. On the next day Caligula divorced with Orestilla; however, he also prohibited her from getting into a relationship with Piso again. In two years both Orestilla and Piso were banished for adultery to a distant island.


  1. ^ Dio Cassius. "8.7". Roman History. 59. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Suetonius. "Life of Caligula, 25.1". Lives of the Twelve Caesars. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
Royal titles
Preceded by
Livia Drusilla
Empress of Rome
37 or 38
Succeeded by
Lollia Paulina