A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

a sister of Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus [AHENOBARBUS, No. 10], and consequently an aunt of the emperor Nero. She was the wife of Crispus Passienus, who afterwards deserted her and married Agrippina, the mother of Nero. It is natural, therefore, that Tacitus should call her an enemy of Agrippina. After the murder of his mother, Nero ordered Domitia, who was already of an advanced age, to be poisoned, in order that he might get possession of the property, which she possessed at Baiae, and in the neighbourhood of Ravenna, on which estates he built magnificent gymnasia. (Tac. Ann. 13.19, 21 ; Suet. Nero 34; D. C. 61.17; Quint. Inst. 6.1.50, 3.74, 10.1. 7sec; 24.)