Ulpia Marciana

Reece Period attributed: Period 5

Obverse image of a coin of Ulpia Marciana

Member of the The Adoptive Emperors dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 112 until 113.

Ulpia Marciana died AD 114. Trajan awarded her the title Augusta after AD 105, and she was the first sister of an emperor to gain this title. She was very close to the emperor and empress.

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Record: OXON-6DF3B7
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A silver Roman denarius of Diva Marciana (…
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Record: SF-299749
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Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A silver Roman denarius of Diva Marciana (…
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Description: Roman copper alloy coin. The coin is prob…
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Record: CAM-7766F5
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Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper alloy Sestertius of Marciana, siste…
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  • Definition: Ulpia Marciana (August 48 – 112) was the beloved elder sister of Roman Emperor Trajan. She was the eldest child born to Roman woman Marcia and the Spanish Roman senator Marcus Ulpius Traianus. Her second name Marciana she inherited from her mother’s paternal ancestors. Her birthplace is unknown. Marciana married Gaius Salonius Matidius Patruinus. Patruinus was a wealthy man, who served as a praetor and later became a senator. He originally came from Vicetia (modern Vicenza in northern Italy). She bore Patruinus a daughter and only child Salonina Matidia, who was born on July 4, 68. Patruinus died in 78 and Marciana never remarried. After Patruinus’ death, Marciana and Matidia went to live with Trajan and his wife. After 105, her brother awarded her with the title of Augusta. She was the first sister of a Roman Emperor to receive this title. Marciana did not accept this at first, but her sister-in-law, the Empress Pompeia Plotina, insisted that she take the title. She thus became part of the official imperial iconography and her statue was placed together with Trajan's and Plotina's over the Arches of Trajan in Ancona. Marciana was very close to Trajan and Plotina. Marciana would often travel with her brother and assist him in decision making. Throughout the Roman Empire, Marciana was honored with monuments and inscriptions in her name. There are two towns that Trajan founded in her honor in the Roman Empire. The first town was called Colonia Marciana Ulpia Traiana Thamugadi (modern Timgad, Algeria) and was founded around 100. This town was also named after the late parents of Marciana and Trajan. The other town was founded in 106 and was called Marcianopolis (which is now a part of modern Devnya, Bulgaria). Marciana died between 112 and 114 and was deified by the Senate at Trajan's behest. Through her daughter Salonina Matidia's third marriage, Marciana was the great-great-great grandmother of future emperor Marcus Aurelius.
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