Antonia Minor

Reece Period attributed: Period 2

Obverse image of a coin of Antonia Minor

Member of the Julio-Claudians dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 41 until 54.

Antonia the Younger was born in 36 BC to Octavia (Augustus sister) and Marcus Antonius. She never knew her father, who took up with Cleopatra of Egypt and divorced Octavia.

Antonia married Nero Drusus, brother of Tiberius and son of Livia Augusta. She inherited much land and was an influential woman; her children include the famous general Germanicus and the future emperor Claudius. After the death of Drusus in 9 BC, Tiberius became her childrens guardian. She constantly made fun of her lame son Claudius, who spoke with a severe stutter.

She took care of her grandchildren when Germanicus died under mysterious circumstances, and during the early part of his reign Gaius (Caligula) often asked for her advice. As her influence waned and Caligula acted less and less sanely, she committed suicide.

Antonia was deified by her son Claudius when he became emperor.

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