Poppaea Sabina

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Poppaea Sabina (30-65 CE) was the wife of Praetorian prefect Rufrius Crispinius and then Marcus Salvius Otho (r. 69 CE) before she became the second wife of Roman emperor Nero (r. 54-68 CE). Considered by ancient sources both attractive and intelligent, she used her beauty and charm, to persuade Nero to divorce Octavia, the daughter of Claudius (r. 41-54 CE) and Valeria Messalina, and marry her.

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  • 30 CE - 65 CE
    Life of Poppaea Sabina, Nero's second wife.
  • 62 CE
    Emperor Nero marries Poppaea Sabina.
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