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 daughter of Domitius Corbulo, was married to L. Lamia Aemilianus, from whom she was carried away by Domitian about the time of Vespasian's accession. Immediately after Vespasian's return from the east, Domitian lived with her and his other mistresses on an estate near the Mons Albanus. Subsequently, however, he married her, and in A. D. 73 she bore him a son. But she was unfaithful to him, and kept up an adulterous intercourse with Paris, an actor. When this was discovered, in A. D. 83, Domitian repudiated her on the advice of Ursus, and henceforth lived with Julia, the daughter of his brother. Soon after, however, he formed a reconciliation with Domitia, because he said the people wished it; but he nevertheless continued his intercourse with Julia. Domitia never loved Domitian, and she knew of the conspiracy against his life; as she was informed that her own life was in

danger, she urged the conspirators on, and Domitian was murdered in A. D. 96. (D. C. 67.3, 66.3, 15; Suet. Domit. 3, 22.) The coin annexed contains on the obverse the head of Domitia, with the legend DOMITIA AVGVSTA IMP. DOMIT.