Character Info – Junia of the Claudai

Junia of the Claudia (Secunda Junia)
297 – Born
311 – Married to Tiberious and produced a male heir
312 – Sired by Titus
320 – Campaign Starts

Biological Family
The gens Junia was one of the most celebrated families in Rome. The gens may originally have been patrician. The family was already prominent in the last days of the Roman monarchy. Lucius Junius Brutus was the nephew of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, the seventh and last King of Rome, and on the expulsion of Tarquin in 509 BC, he became one of the first consuls of the Roman Republic.

Claudia Family
Sire – Tiberious
Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus, consul in AD. 173, and probably consul suffectus in 176, was a Roman general of emperor Marcus Aurelius. He married Aurelius’ daughter Lucilla and rose to the rank of senior senator in Rome. His keen leadership skills were noticed by an old-blooded Roman vampire who sired him to become a great influence over Roman history. Marcus twice refused emperorship for himself, due to the nature of the secret condition. He is the controlling patron of the Claudia family but much of his time is devoted to the Senex and the Danse Macabre.

I see Tiberius as an overly ambitious man who realized that being Emperor would shine too bright of a light on himself to keep his “condition” a secret. He mettles in the affairs of many important families and was eager to tie the blood of Junia family to his own line. He planned the marriage of his great, great, great, great grandson Titus to the youngest daughter of Marcus Junius Maximus , Secunda Junia Valeria. By the time that marriage proved prosperous and a male heir was born, Tiberious had been impressed with the manipulative nature and talented scheming of his great, great, great, great daughter-in-law. He explained his intentions to Titus and removed Valeria to be sired and mentored by himself.

Husband – Titus
Titus Claudius Marcus Aurelius Aristobulus, consul in AD. 285. Recently married to the daughter of a good friend of influence, Marcus Junius Maximus, per the wishes of his unliving ancestor, Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus.

Claudia Family Wealth/Income
Agricultural Profits – from their Villa Rustica
Soldier/Officer Pay and looted goods throughout the generations
Trade and Bartering with other nobility
Favors and Blackmail through Politics

the villa urbana – at Tiber —in the cool hills within easy reach of Rome. (The villa urbana where the Claudia family lives. This would be similar to the wealthy-person’s in the city and would have painted walls.)

the villa rustica – the farm-house estate on a picturesque hill overlooking the Bay of Naples (The villa rustica is where the staff and slaves of the villa work and live. The villa rustica serves both as a residence of the landowner and his family (and retainers) and also as a farm management centre. It comprises separate buildings to accommodate farm labourers and sheds and barns for animals and crops. It would usually consist of three parts; the urbana (main house), agricultural center and the rusticana (farm area).