Vibia Sabina

Reece Period attributed: Period 6

Obverse image of a coin of Vibia Sabina

Member of the The Adoptive Emperors dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 128 until 137.

Hadrian’s long-suffering wife, Sabina, was Trajan’s great-niece. She endured poor relations with her husband, though she appears on many of his coins. Hadrian’s biographer notes that:

Septicius Clarus…and Suetonius Tranquillus (the biographer of the first twelve Caesars)…(Hadrian) replaced, because they had at that time behaved in the company of his wife Sabina, in their association with her, in a more informal fashion than respect for the court household demanded. He would have dismissed his wife too, for being moody and difficult.

(Life of Hadrian, Scriptores Historiae Augustae).

Sabina’s ashes were ultimately buried with Hadrian’s at his mausoleum, now the Castel Sant’Angelo.

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  • Preferred label: Vibia Sabina
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  • Definition: Vibia Sabina (83–136/137) was a Roman Empress, wife and second cousin, once removed, to Roman Emperor Hadrian. She was the daughter of Matidia (niece of Roman Emperor Trajan), and suffect consul Lucius Vibius Sabinus. After her father’s death in 84, Sabina, along with her half-sisters, went to live with their grandmother's mother, Marciana, and were raised in the household of Trajan with his wife Plotina. She married Hadrian in 100, at the Roman empress Plotina's request, for Hadrian to succeed her great uncle, in 117. Sabina's mother Matidia (Hadrian's second cousin) was also fond of Hadrian and allowed him to marry her daughter. Sabina is rumored to have had an affair with Suetonius, a historian who was also Hadrian's secretary, in the year 119, which resulted in his dismissal as the Emperor's secretary. Meanwhile, her husband was thought to be more sexually interested in his favourite Antinous and other male lovers, and he and Sabina had no children. In 128, she was awarded the title of Augusta. Vibia Sabina died before her husband, some time in 136 or early 137. Hadrian's stone elegy for his wife "depicts the apotheosis, or divine ascent of Sabina in accordance with her posthumous deification on the order of Hadrian."
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      • Empress of Rome
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      • Faustina the Elder
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      • Pompeia Plotina
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