Octavia the Younger (69 BC-11 BC)

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Life

Octavia was married to Gaius Claudius Marcellus. Octavia gave birth to 3 children from that marriage: two daughters and a son.

Two months after the death of Claudius, twenty-nine year old Octavia was ordered to marry Marc Antony for political reasons. Octavia gave birth to a girl while Antony was at war with the Parthian Empire. While on campaign Antony fell in love with Cleopatra. Seven years later, he divorced Octavia, and within the year was defeated at the battle of Actium. Cleopatra and Marc Antony committed suicide, leaving Octavia responsible
for their children.

Parents and Children

Iullus Antonius, Alexander Helios, Cleopatra Selene,Ptolemy Philadelphus, Marcus Claudius Marcellus Major, and the two Claudias.

-9 children

Her Mother was Atua Balba Caesonia, and Gaius Octavius

Reputation

One of the most prominent women in Roman history, Octavia was respected and admired by contemporaries for her loyalty, nobility and humanity, and for maintaining traditional Roman feminine virtues. This was very fair considering the hardships she had to face , and her highly respectable family. All her family was in politics including her late uncle Julius Caesar.

Lived During...

She lived during the time if Augustus Caesar.