Antonia

Antonia

(a frequent Roman name, fem. of ANTONIUS), the name of two females mentioned by Josephus.

1. The mother of Germanicus and Claudius (afterward emperor); she loaned Herod Agrippa money to retrieve his credit with Tiberius (Josephus, Ant. 18, 6, 4). She was a woman of eminent virtue (ib. 6). She was born about B.C. 36, and lived to see the accession of her grandson Caligula (see Smith's Dict. of Class. Ant. s.v.).

See also the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

2. A daughter of the Emperor Claudius by Petina (Josephus, War, 2, 12, 7). Nero had her put to death on a charge of treason, after her refusal to marry him (Suet. Claud. 27; Ner. 35; Tacit. Ann. 12, 2; 13:23; 15:53; Dio Cass. 9:5).

 
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