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Key information:

Official Name: JULIA AUGUSTI FILIA

Birthdate: 39 BCE.

(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 48.34)

Birthplace: Rome, Italy.

Reign: Julia’s father, Augustus, became Rome’s first emperor in 27 BCE when she was eleven years old. 

(Suetonius, Life of Augustus, 17)

Marriages:

Marcellus (25 BCE – 23 BCE)

(Suetonius, Life of Augustus, 63) (Cassius Dio, Roman History, 53.27)

 

Agrippa (21 BCE – 12 BCE)

(Suetonius, Life of Augustus, 63) (Cassius Dio, Roman History, 54.6)

 

Tiberius (11 BCE – 2 BCE)

(Suetonius, Life of Tiberius, 7 & 11) (Cassius Dio, Roman History, 54.35)

Children:

Gaius Caesar (son by Agrippa)

Julia the Younger (daughter by Agrippa)

Lucius Caesar (son by Agrippa)

Agrippina the Elder (daughter by Agrippa)

Agrippa Postumus (son by Agrippa)

Unnamed son, died in infancy (by Tiberius)

(Suetonius, Life of Augustus, 64) (Suetonius, Life of Tiberius, 7)

Death: Julia died of starvation while in exile at Rhegium (modern Reggio Calabria) in 14 CE.

(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 57.18)

Head of Julia in the Scuderie del Quirinale Ovid Exhibition, Rome, November 2018
Inscription mentioning Julia on the Gate of Mazeus and Mithridates in Ephesus, June 2019
Obverse of a Sestertius of Tiberius, minted in Rome, honoring Julia, from Yale University Art Gallery

Famous facts and dates

39
Julia was Augustus’ only biological child and was born in 39 BCE.
(Suetonius, Life of Augustus, 63)
21
Julia married Agrippa, her father’s best friend and right hand man, in 21 BCE. They had five children together, three of which (Gaius, Lucius, and Postumus) were named heirs of Augustus. However, none of them would go on to become emperor.
(Suetonius, Life of Augustus, 63 & 64) (Cassius Dio, Roman History, 54.6)
2
In 2 BCE, Augustus discovered that Julia had committed adultery with several of Rome’s leading men. As a result, Julia was exiled to the island of Pandataria and several of her lovers were put to death.
(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 55.10)

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