There is very little is in the historical record of Ulpia Marciana, Trajan’s sister. Unlike many other imperial relatives during the Empire, she is thought to have been of very high character. During Trajan’s reign, Marciana lived as a widow, and did not take another husband. Marciana was a close friend of Trajan’s wife, Plotina, and both jointly accepted the title of Augusta in 105 AD (which they had both rejected in 98 AD). The date of her death is debatable, and although some scholars believe she died in the year she was hailed Augusta, her death is commonly placed in 112 or 114 AD.
Draped bust of Diva Marciana right, seen from front, wearing large double stephane, hair plaited and coiled on top at back of head
DIVA AVGVSTA MARCIANA
Diva Marciana seated left in cart left, drawn by two elephants, with patera in right hand and scepter in left; each elephant has its own mahout
EX SENATVS CON-SVLTO; S•C in exergue
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