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Title: Domitia Longina
Subtitle: An Underestimated Augusta (c. 53-126/8)
Author(s): FRASER, Trudie E.
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 45 Date: 2015
The article considers Domitia Longina’s long life, especially the first forty years during which she was continually faced with tragedy, much of it associated with her marriage to Domitian. She emerged with a blighted reputation and abundant adverse criticism from the ancient authors. By systematically examining the evidence relating to Domitia: the literature, epigraphy and the iconography on coins, statues and miniature portraits, the article presents a woman who was strong and resolute in adversity. A re-classification of her portraiture reveals a Third Portrait Type of a post-Domitian Domitia, a woman still held in high regard and adaptable to change.