Face claimJulianna Margulies
*Birthday: November 28 AD
*Sold into slavery by her brother (Camillus): 45 AD
*Son born while she was a slave: June 49 AD
*Escaped slavery, fled to Lucilla/entered Lucilla's household: June 52 AD
*Camillus is executed/Julia is formally restored to her Patrician status: January 57 AD
*Lucilla dies: September 60AD
*Manius Cyprianus appointed by the Senate as Tiberius is too young/Tiberius is smuggled out of the Palace (Julia suspected of helping in his extraction: November 60/61 AD
*Riot breaks out during Senate meeting and Praetorian guards lock down Palace on orders from Clemens (He goes on to assume power): 62 AD (Julia is placed again under house arrest as the twins (Claudia and Tiberius) escape during the riot)
*Julia is ordered to prepare Flavia for marriage to Clemens/Flavia refuses- 62AD
*Flavia hatches a plan to commit suicide on her wedding day, during ensuing wedding ceremony Flavia orders Julia to run (she doesn't want Julia to be hurt in the aftermath)-62 AD
*Julia marries Canus (companionship marriage only- she stays under her son's authority, Canus 'serves' the Imperial Family as 'punishment' for his part in Clemens rebellion)- 66AD
*Canus formally retires/is released from service and retires to a small farm owned by Alaric Stilicho- 71AD
*Canus' health is up/down and he dies from pneumonia leaving Julia widowed- 73AD
Julia heard the story as it was quickly presented. She was not entirely sure what to make of it and she wondered what Juliana thought of it. Juliana was very clearly used to being the Domina of the house as she immediately began issuing orders. She sent Decimus off with the medicus to be tended, with Aia running off after them as soon as she was given permission. Juliana then walked off with her arm wrapped around Claudia. Julia was ready to step in if Juliana needed assistance, but it seemed like she had it taken care of. They were led off to the baths and Juliana left them with orders to get cleaned up then to come speak to her in the triclinium. With that Juliana left. Before Julia turned and followed her she gave a look over Claudia as if to make sure that she truly was physically okay- mentally might be another story but that would come. Not knowing what, if anything, to say she turned and followed Juliana from the room.
Julia watched as her son head off and then turned towards the market stalls. Her son was taking care of any major restorations that were needed, while she had agreed to handle the smaller things. Julia had a list of purchases but the most important was replacing some of the broken pots. She walked around until she found a stall and began to look at the pots the vendor had. They were a good size and seemed solid.
She was just about to get the vendor’s attention to ask him a couple of questions regarding when the pots were made and how much they were, when someone bumped into her from behind. Julia set the pot she had in her hand down before it was dropped and turned to see who it was. As she turned the man spoke up. “Apologies… oh, we met before, didn't we?” Julia looked up at him and after a moment to orient herself to the situation she nodded her head. “I believe so, Salve. It was Alexius correct? No harm done. How are you doing?”
About a week prior to the end of June, Julia had been at her residence outside of Rome. At first the tremors were light, but her son had ordered her back to their Domus in Rome. She felt that it would have been safer to remain outside of the city, but her son did not trust the home she resided in. Julia, after making sure that the slaves of the household would take care of themselves if the tremors got worse, returned to Rome.
In the early morning hours of June 30, Julia was startled awake by a strong jolt. “What was that?” It took another shake or two before she registered what it was. The light tremors had become an earthquake. Julia woke the young slave girl that was resting in the corner of her room. “Go wake the other slaves.” She threw a shawl around her shoulders and followed the young girl out of the room, running the other direction. “Wake up- there is an earthquake” It did not take long for the entire household to be woken up.
A survey of the damage the following morning involved some cracking in the foundation, a few broken pots that got knocked over and a few injuries from people stumbling around in the dark. She had received word from the slaves at the farm outside Rome that most things seemed to be intact although they had to round up all the animals as they scattered when the quakes began. All in all, her 'circle' of people were lucky that injuries were minor and damage didn't seem to be severe.
The next day Julia, along with her son went to the market- he needed to discuss some of the repairs that were needed and she wanted to replace some of the pots that had been broken in the tremors. “I shouldn’t be too long Sextus. I will head your direction when I am finished.” He nodded and the two of them split up. Her son sent of their male slaves with her as an escort although she didn’t really need it.
Widowhood with a grown up son had meant Julia had a lot of free time to herself-she divided her time between the small horse farm she had shared with Canus and her son’s Domus. It would be 2 years this coming Saturnalia, and she knew that society expected a woman to remarry after a suitable mourning period. She knew that her prospects had been limited with the first marriage- in fact, she thought she would never have been married in the first place. Julia figured at this point the prospects for a second marriage were going to be just as slim so she wasn’t holding her breath.
With the free time she had been enjoying tending a small garden and the abundance of produce was more than she could use. Julia looked at the gathered fruit & vegetables, and after setting some aside for her she wrapped up a care package to take to Flavia. She knew Flavia had her hands full with the little ones. As a treat for them she threw in some sweet honeyed fruit.
Julia wrapped a light palla around her shoulders for the travel, then took the wrapped bundle and tucked it into a basket. Stepping outside she noticed that all had been prepared for her. Julia settled herself and they were off. Although the journey wasn’t too long she did enjoy the rhythmic movement of the terrain underneath her.
When they reached Flavia’s, Julia emerged and took the basket. She was welcomed by of Flavia’s slaves who went off to tell their Mistress that she had a guest. He returned shortly. “This way Domina” Julia nodded her head and followed him through the house to the garden. As she emerged into the garden she saw Flavia sitting in a chair and heard the greeting she gave. “You’ll have to forgive me, but getting up off this chair is rather difficult at the moment.” Julia cast her gaze over Flavia from top to bottom.
“Do not trouble yourself- there is nothing to forgive. I hope you are doing well.”
Julia heard the footsteps before she saw Juliana, who a few moments later entered the room. Julia warmly accepted the hug and a kiss on either cheek. “Thank you for the invitation.” Before they could sit down for a chat the sound of horses was heard outside. It was a sound that Julia was VERY familiar with considering the property she lived on was a ‘working’ horse farm. Was Juliana expecting more company? Considering the confused look that came her way the answer to that question appeared to be no. Julia followed a few steps behind Juliana towards the door but sped up closer to Juliana’s side when she heard her gasp. In the courtyard were some figures who she would recognize in a heartbeat- Claudia whom she had known since a baby, Decimus, Aia and Cynane. It took only a quick gaze to clearly see that something very serious had happened. Juliana immediately took charge of the situation summoning her slaves to help them all down and calling for the Medicus. Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed Juliana’s young son Quintus peek from around a pillar and then go back to hiding. This was not something he should be seeing.
The Medicus came running prepared to do what was necessary. Aia after hearing Juliana’s demand for an explanation gave a very precise run down of what had happened. She noted that Aia specifically mentioned Decimus’ shoulder which clearly had an arrow sticking it out of it. It was a wonder he was still conscious. Juliana declared that everyone would get washed up, wounds tended and then she would have answers- Julia wanted those answers as well. Wondering what exactly she could do as Juliana seemed to have things well in hand, she tapped a passing female slave on the shoulder “Domina Juliana’s son Quintus was hiding behind that pillar- make sure he does not witness anymore of this. If no one is able to keep an eye on him come find me.” She nodded yes and headed off in the direction of the pillar to round up Quintus. Julia then turned towards the rest of the crowd and saw that Juliana was supporting Claudia on one side and Aia had Decimus. She moved close enough that she could step up to the other side if extra support was needed. She also wondered if she should send word to Alaric for assistance but she would wait until more information was given.
@Gothic @Sains @Atrice @Chevi
While not necessarily a huge fan of the gladiatorial games due to the blood and guts, it was a good way to keep bridges built with the larger Roman community. Julia knew she was in the unusual place of being widowed- she knew socially people were encouraged to re-marry after a death, but Julia was still on her own. She enjoyed being out on the outskirts of Rome, enjoying the free air and the horse farm.
Julia arrived at the games venue and headed towards the Imperial & Senatorial box. She saw that Claudia and Tiberius were in the Imperial section interacting with one of the many Senators that were nearby. She cast a smile in their direction and found an empty spot. Settling in, she took a look at the roster that was being passed around then passed it on to another person.
(prior to Claudia/everyone else arriving at Juliana’s)
Julia had been doing some work in her domus, but she received an invitation from Flavia Juliana. The invitation had been very simple- there was no indication as to the reason for the invitation. She informed their head slave that she would be heading out for a while and that she was unsure when she would return. After adjusting her chiton and adding a palla for warmth she left for Juliana’s.
Arriving at the Domus of Flavia Juliana, she raised a hand to knock on the door. The door was opened by her slave. “I am here at the request of Flavia Juliana- please inform her that Julia Valeria is here.” There was a quick ‘yes Domina’ and the slave stepped back to let her then shut the door behind her and went to get Juliana. Julia let her gaze roam around while she waited for Juliana to return. It was a beautiful Domus.
While it wasn’t her business to know the relationship between Lexus and the young woman he was shopping for, she had obviously made a good impression on him. There were so many social rules to courting, but she was always happy when young people seemed to be figuring out their world and hearts. Perhaps it came from the fact that her life had been so messed up- she would never wish her path on anyone. Sold into slavery, escaped slave, freed but hard to reintegrate into society due to her tarnished reputation…although that may have been more her hesitation than society around her. She had reached a point in her life where she was happy, even if content to be own her own now with a little help from her son and Alaric.
“Those are very good thoughts. I’m glad I asked you, you’re so much more aware of how they can be useful and for what, than I am. Thank you.”
Julia nodded her head and gave a wave of her hand as he said he was glad to have asked her & thanked her. “You are welcome. Good luck with your purchase.” With that said, she assumed the conversation was over and looked back to the wares she had been considering when he first made conversation. She didn’t pay Lexus any mind as he went on with his transaction so she was unaware that he was purchasing a ribbon for her until he looked in her direction and spoke up once more. “You’re as lovely as you are kind, Domina. This is for you.” She turned back, momentarily confused until she saw the ribbon he proceeded to hand her. Julia let her gaze drop to the dark green ribbon in her hand and then back up to Lexus. “Oh…Thank you. You didn’t have to do that- you asked a very simple question and I didn’t mind answering it. Have a wonderful day and may the Gods bless you both.”
(end?- sorry for the long wait for a reply….my work schedule has become busy)
“That’s good, it’s not often I go and buy gifts for lov… for women.”
She noted the quick change at the end of the sentence- had he meant to say ‘lover’? Julia didn’t bother to comment on his choice of relationship. Instead she pointed out various items. When she got to the ribbons he seemed to agree that it was a good choice. “That’s what I was thinking. I don’t know if she needs more jewels, she stunning enough already. But a ribbon… or more than one, perhaps?” Julia could see that he was certainly infatuated with the young woman.
“If it was you, which color would you pick?”
Which colour would she pick? A little curious as to why he was asking, Julia looked at the various ribbons. There were all kinds of colours, and preferences were very personal. Thinking about many of the colours that were on display Julia compared the options to her wardrobe. “If it was me I would probably chose a brown or dark green which then allows anything you string on it to stand out a little more.”