Key information:

Official Name: ANNIA AURELIA GALERIA LUCILLA AUGUSTA

Birthdate: March 7, 150 CE.

(Inscriptiones Graecae Ad Res Romanas Pertinentes I 1509)

Birthplace: Unknown

Reign: Lucilla was the daughter of Marcus Aurelius, who ruled as emperor from 161-180 CE. She was also the wife of Lucius Verus, who ruled as co-emperor alongside her father, from 161-169 CE. 

(Historia Augusta, Life of Marcus Aurelius, 7.7)

Marriages:

Lucius Verus (164-169 CE)

(Historia Augusta, Life of Marcus Aurelius, 7.7) 

Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus (169-182 CE)

(Historia Augusta, Life of Marcus Aurelius, 20.6)

Children:

Lucilla had three children with her first husband, emperor Lucius Verus. After his death in 169 CE, she remarried a general named Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus. They had one child together, a son, and remained married until Lucilla’s death in 182 CE.

Aurelia Lucilla (daughter by Lucius Verus)

Lucilla Plautia (daughter by Lucius Verus)

Lucius Verus (son by Lucius Verus)

​​Aurelius Pompeianus (son by Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus)

(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 73.4)
(Historia Augusta, Life of Caracalla, 3.8)
(RIC III Marcus Aurelius 764)

Death:

Lucilla was executed by her brother, emperor Commodus, in 182 CE.

(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 73.4)
(Herodian, History of the Empire from the Death of Marcus, 1.8.8)

Statue of Lucilla, Palazzo Massimo, Rome, April 2017
Bust of Lucilla, British Museum, London, July 2021
Bust of Lucilla, Centrale Montemartini, Rome, February 2019

Famous facts and dates

150
Lucilla had personal relationships with several of Rome’s leading men, and she wielded tremendous political influence during her life. Her father (Marcus Aurelius), husband (Lucius Verus), and brother (Commodus) all served as emperor.
(Historia Augusta, Life of Marcus Aurelius, 7)
(Historia Augusta, Life of Lucius Verus, 7)
(Herodian, History of the Empire from the Death of Marcus, 1.8.1)IC III Marcus Aurelius 676)
164
Lucilla became a Roman empress in 164 CE when she married her father’s co-emperor, Lucius Verus. After the ceremony, she was granted the prestigious title “augusta."
(Historia Augusta, Life of Marcus Aurelius, 7.7)
(Historia Augusta, Life of Lucius Verus, 7)
182
In 182 CE, Lucilla organized a plot to assassinate her brother, emperor Commodus. The plot failed, and when Commodus discovered his sister’s role, he exiled her to the island of Capri. After only a few months in exile, he had her executed.
(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 73.4)
(Herodian, History of the Empire from the Death of Marcus, 1.8.4-8)

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