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Bruttia Crispina


Bust of Crispina. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins.
Bust of Crispina (Louvre, Paris)
Bruttia Crispina (193 CE): name of a Roman empress, wife of the emperor Commodus.

Family

  • daughter of Gaius Bruttius Praesens, a former consul
  • daughter of Laberia Marcia Hostilia Crispina Moecia Cornelia
  • a brother Lucius Brutius Quintius Crispinus

Life

  • Date of birth not recorded
  • Summer 178: Marries to Commodus
  • 180: Second consulship of Gaius Bruttius Praesens; death of Marcus Aurelius; accession of Commodus
  • 181 Conspiracy of Lucilla
  • 182: Possible pregnancy
  • 187: Consulship of her brother Lucius Bruttius Quintius Crispinus
  • 192: Accused of adultery, she is exiled to Capri
  • 192, 31 December: Commodus killed
  • 193 Crispina is murdered; damnatio memoriae
The Historia Augusta (Commodus, 5.9) and Cassius Dio (Roman History, 72.4.6) suggest that Commodus exiled his wife after the conspiracy of Lucilla, but several inscriptions prove that she was still in favor: CIL 8.16530 (Theveste, 185); CIL 3.12487 (Neatarnarea, 187); CIL 8.22689 (Sabratha, 192). 
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