Annia Galeria Faustina
Annia Galeria Faustina (100 – 140) was the wife of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius. She is known as Faustina the Elder to distinguish her from her daughter Faustina. She was the only known daughter of consul and prefect Marcus Annius Verus and Rupilia Faustina. Her brothers were consul Marcus Annius Libo and praetor Marcus Annius Verus. Her maternal aunts were Roman Empress Vibia Sabina and Matidia Minor. Faustina as an empress was well respected and this beautiful woman was renowned for her wisdom and empathy.
Annia Galeria Faustina was born on September 21, 100, in Rome. She married Antoninus Pius around 114 and they had a very happy marriage. In 138, Emperor Hadrian had died and her husband became the new emperor. Antoninus was Hadrian’s adopted son and heir. Faustina became Roman Empress and the senate accorded her the title of Augusta. Faustina as a private citizen and an empress was involved in assisting with charities as she helped the poor and homeless. She also sponsored and assisted in the education of Roman children, particularly of Roman girls.