Faustina II

Faustina II c.128 – 175 A.D.

Daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Sr. and wife of Marcus Aurelius. She was also the mother of Commodus and Lucilla, wife of Lucius Verus. Her claim to fame, or rather notoriety, was her rampant unfaithfulness to Marcus Aurelius who, it seemed, was the only Roman who wasn't on to her. Upon her death a mournful Aurelius asked for her deification. Alarmed at the possible scandal but unwilling to test the will of the beloved emperor the Senate complied.   AU Aureus RIC 494b (Antoninus Pius), BMC 1097 (Antoninus Pius), C 19 Aureus Obv: FAVSTINAAVGVSTA - Draped bust left. Rev: AVGVSTIPIIFIL...

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