Faustina the Younger

Reece Period attributed: Period 8

Obverse image of a coin of Faustina the Younger

Member of the The Antonines dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 147 until 175.

Marcus Aurelius married Faustina the Younger in AD 145, due to the wishes of Antoninus Pius.

Faustina was reported to have been overcome with passion for a certain gladiator, and that her son Commodus was the product of this union and not her marriage with the emperor. At any rate, the empress was well-known for her passions, particularly for low-life sailors and gladiators. Marcus Aurelius never divorced her, however, out of respect for the wishes of his father. He considered that the empire was the dowry for which he married Faustina, and even promoted several of her known lovers.

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