- Historical event:
- 31 July 54 BC
- Aurelia Cotta gave birth to her son, the future dictator Gaius Julius Caesar, when she was 20 years old.
On this day in 54 BC, Aurelia Cotta, the mother of the Roman dictator Gaius Julius Caesar, died.
She was born in the year 120 BC and married Caesar’s father, who was a Roman senator and a praetor, also named Gaius Julius Caesar.
Aurelia Cotta came from a prominent Roman family. Three of her half-brothers were consuls of the Roman Republic. Aurelia Cotta gave birth to her son, the future dictator Gaius Julius Caesar, when she was 20 years old.
She also had two daughters before him, Caesar’s sisters, named Julia Caesaris Major (older) and Julia Caesaris Minor (younger). Such naming of female children with adjectives major and minor (older and younger) was characteristic in families with two daughters. In case if there were three or more daughters, they were named Prima, Secunda, Tertia … (first, second, third …).