About Rubellia Bassa
In 33, Julia married Gaius Rubellius Blandus, a man from an equestrian family who was consul suffect in 18 and later proconsul of Africa. Their children were Gaius Rubellius Plautus (33-62) (cf. Raepsaet-Charlier, p. 89 for Plautus' praenomen) and a daughter Rubellia Bassa who married a maternal uncle of the future Roman Emperor Nerva.
Rubellia Bassa From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Rubellia Bassa (born between 33-38) was a daughter of Gaius Rubellius Blandus, consul in 18 and possibly his wife Julia (killed 43) or an earlier wife. Possible Imperial ancestry
It has been theorized that her mother was Julia (daughter of Julius Caesar Drusus and Livilla), which would make Bassa the granddaughter of Tiberius; however, this lineage is uncertain because her father, Gaius Rubellius Blandus married Julia when he around 55, which makes an earlier marriage likely (possibly to a Laecania Bassa), and Rubellia Bassa may have been the daughter of Blandus by this theorized earlier marriage. Bassa had at least one sibling, a (?half)brother named Gaius Rubellius Plautus, who was one of the nearest heirs of the blood of Augustus (being the grandson of Drusus Caesar, who was an adopted grandson of Augustus). Plautus was forced to kill himself in 62 and his wife Antistia Pollitta and children were executed four years later (perhaps because the children were direct descendants of previous Roman Emperors. Marriage and possible descendants
Rubellia Bassa married Octavius Laenas, maternal uncle of the future emperor Nerva. Ronald Syme claims that Sergius Octavius Laenas Pontianus, consul in 131 under Emperor Hadrian, set up a dedication to his grandmother, "[Rub]elliae / [Bla]ndi f(iliae) Bassae / Octavi Laenatis / Sergius Octavius / Laenas Pontianus / aviae optimae ". This obscure link is perhaps a continuation of the both Julio-Claudian bloodline, once that a descendant of Sergius Octavianus Laenas Pontianus, Sergia Paulla, daughter of a certain Lucius Sergius Paullus, was married into the famous Gallo-Roman aristocrat family Anici.So, through this family, the bloodline can be traced to Adelphius, Bishop of Limoges, and his wife and cousin Anicia Itallica, and for this branch continuating to the Caroligian Dynasty, once Clotilde of Metz, grandmother of Charles Martel, was a great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Adelphius.Another branch of Anici family may link the bloodline to the Western Roman Emperor Anicius Olybrius and to the Heraclian Dynasty of Byzentine Emperors, however the relation of Olybrius and the branch of Anici family descendant of Rubellia Bassa is disputed, cause the name of his parents can't be known for sure. References
^ CIL 14, 02610 ^ Syme: Tacitus, Oxford University Press, 1958, p. 627-8