Vitrasia Faustina

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Vitrasia Faustina (died 182 or 183) was a noble Roman woman that lived in the 2nd century during the Roman Empire.

Vitrasia was the daughter of Annia Fundania Faustina and the Roman politician Titus Pomponius Proculus Vitrasius Pollio and her brother was Titus Fundanius Vitrasius Pollio. Her paternal grandfather was the suffect consul Titus Vitrasius Pollio, while her maternal grandparents were the consul Marcus Annius Libo and Fundania. Through her maternal grandfather, she was a distant relative to the ruling Nerva–Antonine dynasty of the Roman Empire. Vitrasia was born and raised in Rome.

Through inheritances Vitrasia became a very wealthy heiress and had moved to Cales. Due to her influence, status and connections, Vitrasia became a public benefactor and a prominent citizen of Cales. Through her wealth, Vitrasia paid for the construction or repair for the civic Temple of Magna Dea or the Great Mother.

It is uncertain if Vitrasia had ever married or had children. In 182 or 183, she was involved in one of numerous conspiracies against her unstable maternal second cousin the Roman Emperor Commodus who ruled 180-192. She was executed on the orders of Commodus.

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  • Anthony Richard Birley, Septimius Severus: the African emperor, 2nd edition (1999)
  • Albino Garzetti, From Tiberius to the Antonines: a history of the Roman Empire AD 14-192 (1974)
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