Flavia Titiana

Flavia Titiana was a Roman empress, wife of emperor Pertinax, who ruled briefly in 193 (known as "Year of the Five Emperors").

Flavia Titiana
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Flavia Titiana from Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum
Empress of the Roman Empire
TenureThree months in 193
  • Publius Helvius Pertinax
  • Helvia
Flavia Titiana Minor
Regnal name
Flavia Titiana Augusta
FatherTitus Flavius Claudius Sulpicianus
MotherFlavia Titiana Major


Flavia Titiana was the daughter of a Senator, Titus Flavius Claudius Sulpicianus, and sister of Titus Flavius Titianus (b. ca 165), consul suffectus ca 200. Her maternal grandfather was Titus Flavius Titianus, who was praefectus of Aegyptus from 126 to 133. Titiana married Publius Helvius Pertinax, a rich self-made man who had a successful military and civil career. She bore two children, a boy called Publius Helvius Pertinax and a daughter.[1]

Pertinax was proclaimed emperor after the murder of Commodus on January 1, 193. While the new princeps was offering the customary sacrifice on the Capitoline Hill, the Roman Senate gave Flavia Titiana the honorary title of Augusta.[citation needed] After the murder of Pertinax by the Praetorian Guard on March 28, neither Flavia nor her children were hurt.

The highly unreliable Historia Augusta claims that Flavia Titiana "carried on an amour quite openly with a man who sang to the lyre", but Pertinax was not concerned.[2]

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  1. ^ Elliott, Simon (2020). Pertinax: The Son of a Slave Who Became Roman Emperor. Greenhill Books. pp. ?. ISBN 9781784385262.
  2. ^ Historia Augusta • Life of Pertinax. Loeb Classical Library. 1921. p. 325 – via Uchicago.edu.

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Royal titles
Preceded by Empress of Rome
Succeeded by