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Aelia Paetina

Birthplace: Sejunus
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Daughter of Sextus Aelius Catus
Wife of Claudius I, Roman Emperor
Mother of Claudia Antonia

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About Aelia Paetina

Aelia Paetina

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Aelia Paetina or Paetina was a Roman woman who lived in the 1st century, and was the second wife of the Emperor Claudius. Her biological father was consul of 4, Sextus Aelius Catus while her mother is unknown. She was born into the family of the Aelii Tuberones, and thus apparently descended from the consul of 11 BC. Her father may have died when she was very young, as she was raised by her relative Praetorian Guard Prefect Lucius Seius Strabo (the biological father of her adoptive brother or relative Lucius Aelius Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard under the Emperor Tiberius).

Aelia Paetina married the future Roman Emperor Claudius in 28, as his second wife. Their only child was their daughter Claudia Antonia, born in 30. Claudius divorced Paetina after October 31, after when her adoptive brother fell from power and was murdered. According to Suetonius, Claudius divorced Paetina for slight offences.

In 48, after the death of Roman Empress and Claudius’ third wife Valeria Messalina, Claudius considered remarrying for the fourth time. Claudius’ freedman Tiberius Claudius Narcissus (who had in fact been the one who informed Claudius that Messalina and her lover Gaius Silius were conspiring to kill him) supported a remarriage to Paetina. He suggested to Claudius to remarry her and reminded him they had a child together. Narcissus also stated that Paetina would cherish Claudia Octavia and Britannicus, as well as Claudia Antonia. Claudia Octavia and Britannicus were Claudius’ children with Messalina.

But another freedman, Gaius Julius Callistus, was against Claudius remarrying Paetina and stated to Claudius that he divorced her before; Callistus said that remarrying Paetina would make her more arrogant. Callistus suggested Lollia Paulina, who had been Empress in AD 38 as the third wife of the Emperor Caligula (Claudius's nephew). The third Freedman, Marcus Antonius Pallas, recommended Claudius' niece, Agrippina the Younger, who also had a child from a previous marriage, who was the future Emperor Nero. Agrippina was chosen, with dire implications for Claudius' own children: Antonia, Octavia, and Britannicus. Paetina's only child with Claudius, Claudia Antonia, died in AD 65 or AD 66, shortly after the death of Nero's second wife Poppaea Sabina.

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Her birth's date refers to B.C. as well as Claudius I Caesar's and his other wives, refer to time B.C. (before Christ).

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Aelia Paetina's Timeline

Age 34
30 CE, Rome, Italy