Perfect Example of a Roman woman
191 or 190 BC, to Publius Cornelius Africanus, hero of 2nd Punic War
- Had 12 Children, which was unusual
- Only 3 survived
- Enjoyed a princess-like status
- Set herself to educate her children
- Mother of the Gracchus Brothers
- Married to Tiberius Gracchus the Elder
- After her husband's death, she chose to remain a widow
- She even refused the marriage proposal of King Ptolemy VII
Relationship to Sons
- Relationship between her and adult sons was very important
- Most of the information that we have on her role during this time is what Plutarch wrote in both the “Life of Tiberius Gracchus” and the “Life of Gaius Gracchus”.
- She is portrayed as active during their political careers, especially during Gaius’.