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Lucilla

Wife of Lucius Verus and sister of Commodus

Lucilla was married to the emperor Lucius Verus in A. D. 164. She was the daughter of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina the Younger. After the death of Verus, she was married to an elderly man by the name of Pompeianus. Having once been Augusta, wife of an emperor, Lucilla was not satisfied with a quiet, private life with a man of much lower station. Lucilla was later implicated in one of the numerous plots to overthrow Commodus and was banished to the island of Capreae in A. D. 182. She was soon afterward put to death by the order of her brother. The movie starring Sophia Loren about the lives of Commodus and Lucilla that appeared several years ago is not historically accurate.


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