Marcia Servilia Sorana

Marcia Servilia Sorana or commonly known as Servilia (40s-66) was the daughter of Roman Senator Quintus Marcius Barea Soranus and her mother may have been from the gens Servilia. Servilia's paternal uncle was the Roman Senator Quintus Marcius Barea Sura, who was a friend to the future Roman Emperor Vespasian. Her paternal cousins were Marcia (mother of Ulpia Marciana and of future Roman Emperor Trajan) and Marcia Furnilla (the second wife of the future Roman Emperor Titus). Her paternal grandfather Quintus Marcius Barea, was Suffect Consul in 26 and was twice Proconsul of the Africa Province.

Servilia had a loving relationship with her father. She had married the Roman Senator Annius Pollio, who was accused of treason in 37. In 65 he was exiled on Roman Emperor Nero's orders.

Tacitus describes Servilia as ‘young and imprudent’. The historian states that Servilia was inconsolable, about her husband and was worried about her elderly father, who committed suicide. In 66, Servilia and Annius Pollio were executed on Nero’s orders on the charge of consulting sorcerers ostensibly to find out her father's fate.


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