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Aurelia Cotta

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Birthplace: Rome, Lazio, Italy
Death: Died
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Daughter of Lucius Aurelius Cotta and Rutilia
Wife of Gaius Julius Caesar, III
Mother of Julia Caesaris Minor; Julia Caesaris Major and Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman Dictator
Sister of Gaius Aurelius Cotta; Marcus Aurelius Cotta; L. Aurelio Cotta Quindecimviri and Lucius Aurelius Cotta, IV

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About Aurelia Cotta

Aurelia Cotta (120 BC-54 BC) was the daughter of a Rutilia and the consul of 144, Lucius Aurelius Cotta. Rutilia is assumed to have been a sister of Publius Rutilius Rufus. After her husband's death, she married his brother, Gaius Aurelius Cotta, and as a result, Aurelia had three half-brothers, who later became consuls: Gaius Aurelius Cotta in 75 BC, Lucius Cotta in 74 BC and Marcus Cotta in 65 BC. Aurelia married Gaius Julius Caesar (the Elder), and her only son was the famous Gaius Julius Caesar. She also had two daughters, one of them the grandmother of Augustus.

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The historian Tacitus considers her an ideal Roman matron and thinks highly of her. Plutarch describes her as a "strict and respectable" woman. Highly intelligent, independent and renowned for her beauty and common sense, Aurelia was held in high regard throughout Rome.

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-------------------- Aurelia Cotta or Aurelia (May 21, 120 BC – July 31, 54 BC) was the mother of Roman dictator Gaius Julius Caesar (100 BC – 44 BC).


Family[


Aurelia Cotta was a daughter of Rutilia and Lucius Aurelius Cotta.[1] Her father was consul in 119 BC and her paternal grandfather of the same name was consul in 144 BC. The family of the Aurelii Cottae was prominent during the Roman Republican era. Her mother Rutilia, was a member of the gens Rutilius cognominated Rufus. They were of consular rank.


Three of her half-brothers were consuls: Gaius Aurelius Cotta in 75 BC, Marcus Aurelius Cotta in 74 BC and Lucius Aurelius Cotta in 65 BC; they were the sons of her mother, Rutilia's second marriage with her paternal uncle Marcus Aurelius Cotta.


Aurelia married a praetor Gaius Julius Caesar. Her husband died 85 BC – 84 BC. Their children were:

Julia Caesaris Major (102 BC - 68 BC), wife of Pinarius and grandmother of Lucius Pinarius;
Julia Caesaris Minor (101 BC – 51 BC), wife of Marcus Atius and grandmother of emperor Augustus;
Gaius Julius Caesar (100 BC – 44 BC), the dictator.

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The historian Tacitus considers her an ideal Roman matron and thinks highly of her.[2] Plutarch describes her as a "strict and respectable" woman.[3] Highly intelligent, independent and renowned for her beauty and common sense, Aurelia was held in high regard throughout Rome.


Aurelia and her family were very influential in her son’s upbringing and security. Her husband, the elder Gaius Caesar, was often away, so the task of raising their son fell mostly on Aurelia's shoulders. When the younger Caesar was about 18, he was ordered by the then dictator of Rome, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, to divorce his young wife Cornelia Cinna, Cinna's daughter. Young Caesar firmly refused, and by so doing, put himself at great risk from Sulla. Aurelia became involved in the petition to save her son, defending him along with her brother Gaius Cotta.


During the Bona Dea festival, held at Caesar’s house her maid discovered Publius Clodius disguised as a woman, ostensibly in order to start or continue an affair with her second daughter-in-law Pompeia Sulla.[3] Although Caesar himself admitted her possible innocence, he divorced her shortly after[4] stating that his wife must be above suspicion.[3][notes 1]


After her first daughter-in-law Cornelia Cinna minor died young, Aurelia raised her young granddaughter Julia Caesaris in her stead and presided as mistress over her son's households.


Notes[edit]


1.Jump up ^ According to Dryden's translation of Plutarch's biography of Caesar, he said "I wished my wife to be not so much as suspected."


References[edit]


1.Jump up ^ 'Aurelia' in William Smith, ed., Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (London: Taylor & Walton, 1844-1849. Vol. 1, 2, 3 vol. 1 pp. 435-436

2.Jump up ^ Dialogus de oratoribus section xxviii by Tacitus (published circa 102 AD), referenced in 'Caesar, Gaius Julius' in Encyclopædia Britannica (1911) (copy archived by WikiSource).
3.^ Jump up to: a b c 'Caesar' in Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans by Plutarch (published circa 100-120 AD) translated by John Dryden (1683)
4.Jump up ^ 'Cicero' in Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans by Plutarch (published circa 100-120 AD) translated by John Dryden (1683)
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Aurelia Cotta's Timeline

-120
May 21, -120
Rome, Lazio, Italy
-105
-105
Age 14
-105
Age 14
Rome, Lazio, Italy
-100
July 13, -100
Age 20
Roma, Lazio, Italia
-54
July 31, -54
Age 66
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