Sabina, AE-Sestertius. AD 133. Vesta. Nice Portrait VF

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Sabina, AE-Sestertius. AD 133. Vesta. Nice Portrait VF

Imperial Rome, Sabina, the wife of Hadrian. Augusta AD 128 -136.AE-Sestertius of AD 133. 23.82g. SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P.P.herdiademed and draped bust rt. / VESTA, Vesta seated lt., holdingapalladium and sceptre, SC in ex. RIC 1036.

Vibia Sabina was born in 86 CE was the daughter of Salonia Matidia, daughter of Trajan's sister Marciana, and her first husband Lucius Vibius Sabinus. Hence she was a grand niece of emperor Trajan.

By the intervention of Trajan's wife Plotina she married Hadrian in 100 CE, thus reinforcing Hadrian's claim to the throne.

The marriage was not happy and she didn't bear him any children. She did, however, follow Hadrian on his many travels, and she received the title of Augusta in 128 CE.

She died in 136 or 137 CE and was dutifully deified after her death as was becoming for an empress.

Vesta was the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family in Roman mythology. Although she is often mistaken as analogous to Hestia in Greek mythology, she had a large, albeit mysterious, role in Roman religion long before she appeared in Greece. Little is known about the goddess, since, unlike other Roman deities, she went without mention in myths. Vesta's presence was symbolized by the sacred fire that burned at her hearth and temples.
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