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 Vibia Sabina

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Vibia Sabina

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Death 136 (aged 47–48)
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Memorial ID 197064740 View Source
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Roman Empress, second cousin once removed and wife of Hadrian.
Her marriage was definitely not all sunshine and rainbows, originally married to Hadrian for political reasons it soon became clear that while Hadrian was bisexual he was primarily gay and really only interested in seeing already married women in the aristocracy. Sabina was angered that he didn’t pay all that much attention to her so she made it abundantly clear that she hated him and the reason he didn’t have children was because she refused to have sex with him. Hadrian became Emperor after his maybe-maybe not legally adoptive father Trajan died. Though they continued to loathe one another Hadrian and Sabina stayed married and Sabina enjoyed being empress. She traveled with her husband extensively and became known under the titles “Augusta” and “New Hera”. Her portrait was stamped on many of the coins from that time. Despite their antipathy towards one another Sabina's ashes were placed inside of Hadrian's mausoleum. The doorway was once inscribed with both of their names.


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