Domitilla the Elder

Domitilla the Elder

Died Before 69
Spouse Vespasian
Issue Titus
Domitilla the Younger
Dynasty Flavian (by marriage)
Father Flavius Liberalis

Flavia Domitilla Major (Major, Latin for the elder) Flavia Domitilla the Elder or Domitilla the Elder (died before 69, perhaps c. 65) was the wife of the Roman Emperor Vespasian.[1]


Flavia Domitilla was born in Sabratha to Italian colonists who had moved there during the reign of Augustus. She was a daughter of Flavius Liberalis, a humble quaestor’s clerk. Before her marriage, she was a formal mistress to an African knight.

Roman denarius depicting Flavia Domitilla Minor

Vespasian married her around 38 AD. She was the mother of Domitilla the Younger and of the emperors Titus and Domitian. She died before Vespasian became emperor.

She was the grandmother of Saint Flavia Domitilla,[2] daughter of Domitilla the Younger.


  1. Suetonius: Divus Vespasianus, 3
  2. Santa Flavia Domitilla


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