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TITUS FLAVIUS ALEXANDER

33 | 12 June 40 CE | Nobiles-Senatores | Occupation | Bisexual | Canon | Matt Gordon

 

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Personality.

Titus is an ambitious man and has always been a hard worker who demands much of those under him – and has high expectations of those above him, expectations which are often enough not met, at least in his opinion. He keeps people on their toes, and believes that if they too want to rise they must work for it. He is a natural leader, though, and has a certain hard charisma that the men who have served under him can appreciate. He is very intelligent, and a good tactical thinker, more so than a bold, fearless warrior. And although not a brash risk taker, he knows when to take make his move, and when to hold back. He can be quite patient in that regard, somewhat like a snake awaiting its prey, still as stone, but striking fast.

Generous with praise when it is deserved, he is also short tempered and quick to show his ire when someone is acting stupid, lazy or incompetent. He hates wasting time or energy faffing about. With an economy of effort he wants results in the most efficient way they can be achieved. Typically he has a clear vision of what he wants to do, and he simply wants to get on with the job. His positive, optimistic outlook inspires those around him and that is part of his effectiveness as a leader of men.

He can also be quite moody at times, especially if he feels thwarted or brushed aside. He can hold a grudge, biding his time until he sees the opportunity to take some form of revenge. Sometimes he even puts plans in motion to accomplish just that. Although possessed of the type of character that can lie easily, without remorse or reservation, or manipulate others into doing what he wants., when it serves his advantage to do so, he rarely, if ever, is anything but absolutely candid with his powerful family connections. The man is not an idiot. He is completely loyal to Caesar and hopes to keep the empire stable and prospering, as he feels that will serve his own ambitions best.

In terms of his personal relationships, Titus was married seven years ago to a beautiful young woman, Caesennia Nebetia, and he is quite a good husband to her. Surprisingly, he did not make the match for political or financial gain, which is somewhat outside of his usual modus operendi. His motivations were his own, and although he doesn't dote on her, he does hold her in a very valued, very unique position in his life. It's a sound marriage, to date, and he treats her well, according to the standards of the time. Thus far, she has borne him two children, though only one has survived. The first, a son, was stillborn. Titus was quite disappointed and aggrieved, but held up stoically as would be expected. The second child was a girl, their daughter Titia, affectionately known as Tia. She is four years old now and the apple of her father's eye. Now on her he dotes, openly affectionate and happily spending time with her. He loves her dearly, but has now eagerly anticipated his wife telling him that she is again with child. Hopefully it will be soon, and hopefully, this time, it will be a healthy son.

 

 

Appearance

Titus is tall for a Roman male, standing a few inches over most of his contemporaries. He has a lean, athletic build, with a tanned complexion and slightly weathered visage denoting a man who has spent much of his life out of doors. He looks like a soldier - hard, fit, rugged. Scars big and small are scattered across his body. A sizeable one runs down his right side, courtesy of a spear that raked instead of found its way home into his heart. Another shows where his knee was badly smashed by a falling horse, and he sometimes has a bit of a limp, when the weather is cold and damp. On his left temple, another, several inches running into his hair - but this from an enraged lover who took an oil lamp to his head.

His coloring is not unusual for his nationality and race. Brown hair of a middling shade is kept short and neat. Hazel colored eyes look out sharply from well defined brows. His nose is long, thin and aquiline, set evenly between high, sharp cheekbones, flanked on either side by a strong, masculine face and prominent jawline. He looks to be the kind of man that will grow more and more bony with age, as opposed to running to fat. His gait is assured, befitting a man who has known every advantage in life since his birth.

Clothing was never of especial importance to Titus, for the most part being of a practical and utilitarian cut and fashion. However he recognizes that symbols of wealth and position can be seen as some as important as a man's character, and history. So he allows his personal slave to make sure he dresses as a man of his rank should. He isn't fabulously wealthy. But he has enough to buy what he needs to make the right impression.

Family

Father: Titus Flavius Alexander Major (Parthicus) d.62 C.E.

Mother: Clodia Cordelia d. 62 C.E.

Siblings: Flavia Cordelia, (sister) b. 39 C.E. widowed (m. Gaius Ignatius Sorpus, d.62 C.E.) ; Titus Furius Camillus, (brother) d. 62 C.E.; Flavia Fausta, (sister) d. 62 C.E.

Spouse: Caesennia Nebetia, b. 47 C.E.

Children: Flavia Titia, b. 69 C.E.

Extended family: Gnaeus Furius Camillus (nephew) b.62 C.E.; Ignatia Sorpa (niece) d. 59 C.E.; Furia Camillila (niece) b. 60 C.E.

Other:

Paternal uncle (his father’s brother) : Cnaeus Flavius Alexander (deceased; father of the current Caesar and his siblings; this is how Titus is related to the Imperial family)
Paternal aunt (by marriage, married to Cneaus): Cornelia Annthea (deceased)

Paternal first cousins: (living)
Quintus Flavius Caesar Alexander Augustus
Julia Drusilla Augusta (by marriage)
Rufus Flavius Alexander (deceased)
Flavia Lucilla Augusta (deceased)
Jullus Flavius Alexander
Octavius Flavius Alexander
Decimus Flavius Alexander (deceased)
Laelius, adopted as Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Alexander

Second cousins: (children of his first cousins)
Children of Quintus Flavius Caesar Alexander Augustus:
-Publius Flavius Alexander Belanus, (deceased)
-Cnaeus Flavius Alexander Gemellus, (deceased)
-Titus Flavius Caesar Alexander
-Flavia Caesaris
-Drusus Flavius Caesar Alexander
Children of Jullus Flavius Alexander:
-Flavia Alexandra Major(deceased)
-Flavia Alexandra Minor(deceased)
-Flavia Juliana
-Lucius Flavius Alexander
-Publius Flavius Alexander
-Cnaeus Flavius Alexander
Children of Flavia Lucilla Augusta (deceased)
-Lucius Livius Cassius (deceased)
-Marcus Rufius Honorius Darius, {later Darius Claudius Caesar Augustus} (deceased)
-Decimus Rufius Honorius Junus, {later Junus Claudius Caesar Honorianus} (deceased)
-Tiberius Claudius Sabucius
-Claudia Livia
-Claudia Caesaris 

-Rufia Flavia
Children of Ocatavius Flavius Alexander:

-Octavius Flavius Alexander Minor
-Flavia Valeriana
Children of (Laelius) Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Alexander:
-Aemilia Scaura
-Aemilia Laeliana
-Publius Aemilius Scaurus

Flavii-Faustans through connection to his sister, Flavia Fausta

 

History

CHILDHOOD [40 C.E. - 52 C.E.]:

*Titus was born in 40 C.E., into an up and coming family of Rome. The rise to political power of the Flavii-Alexandrae began in the time of Augustus. Gaius Flavius Alexander, his great-grandfather, was the first of the family to sit in the Senate. His grandfather had been known for his oratory skills. Titus’ own father, and his father’s older brother, were renown military leaders of the Roman Army – Titus’ father having made an especial contribution to Roman efforts vis a vis Parthia, in the East.

Titus was raised in Rome. His early year were overseen by his mother, with only occasional visits from his father, who was busy with military campaigns. He led a relatively happy life as a child, having all his basic needs met and with luxury above and beyond that. He was educated as the eldest son of one of the senatorial class would be, and eventually took up his training with soldiering skills. It was always a given that he would follow in his father’s footsteps as a military leader, with a view towards one day possibly hanging up his sword and entering the Senate. By the time he entered his teens and it seemed likely that he would be his father’s only son, the pressure to do well and uphold the family’s reputation and pride was just that much more evident.

TEENAGE TO EARLY ADULT [53 C.E. - 62 C.E.]:

Titus did not shy away from that responsibility. He relished the thought of making a name for himself, and in so doing honoring his ancestors and his father. He was an ambitious young man, who was only all to glad to see the near constant rise of the elder branch of the Flavii-Alexandrae, led by his uncle, Cnaeus Flavius Alexander, and then his eldest son, Titus’s cousin, Quintus. He was very much the junior of most of his first cousins sired by Cneaus. Yet he grew to understand and follow the intricacies of their rise to near supreme power, with his cousin (now deceased) Lucilla marrying the emperor Claudius. He saw in their good fortunes his own ascendant star and as a child and then a teen, had formed a fairly strong friendship with one of his younger cousins, Octavius. Though there was a gap of seven years in their ages, the two were close and this friendship would last into their adulthood and right up until the current time.

When Titus was eighteen, a friend of his father’s called for him to come to North Africa. Titus was sent to serve as tribune in the Ala Auxiliae I Claudia Numidica, a non-legionary auxillary regiment, consisting of 480 cavalry, mostly Berbers, which had been founded by Claudius, in 40 C.E.

**The Ala was headquartered in Caesarea, a city whose roots went far back in the history of the ancient kingdom of Numidia. Approximately 100 km west of modern day Algiers, Caesarea gained its new, Roman name from Queen Cleopatra Selene II, daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, and her husband, Juba II, last king of Numidia. Appointed rulers of the newly established client kingdom of Mauretania, they rebuilt the city in the last few decades of the B.C. era, in the Greco-Roman style. The city boasted a mixture of Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman architecture, and was home to a theater, an art collection, and a lighthouse similar to the one in Alexandria. It was an important sea port to the southern Mediterranean, with a population comprised mostly of Greek, Phoenician and Berber residents.

Four years after a revolt which began in 40 C.E., Emperor Claudius regained control of Mauretania and divided it into two provinces, Caesaria becoming the capital city of the eastern province, Mauretania Caesariensis. Roman soldiers were stationed there permanently and it was made a colonia, being sometimes called Colonia Claudia Caesarea.

Although close to a century had gone into creating a city in the likeness of Rome, Caesarea was far from a carbon copy of that wondrous place. Still, Titus was young and eager to begin his military career, and North Africa seemed exotic rather than bleak or lacking. He threw himself into his duties and did enough to impress the Legatus as being energetic, dependable and intelligent. War was not present in that place at that time, which was a bit disappointing. But Titus did have some opportunity to experience soldiering in numerous minor skirmishes against local tribes who, no doubt, were wary of the ongoing growth of the Roman influence and power in the coastal areas between the Mediterranean and the Atlas Mountains to the South.

ADULTHOOD [62 C.E. - 74 C.E.]:

It was there in Caesarea that Titus met the girl he would eventually come to marry. Caesennia was fifteen when he first made her acquaintance, and though it was hardly a case of romantic love at first sight, Titus was certainly captivated, by her looks, and made it a point to find out more about this youngest daughter of a large family, headed up by a Roman of senatorial rank. Hhe made it a point to learn what he could and arrange to attend various social events where he might bump into the girl.

For several months he made the effort to get to know her, or, absent that, to get to know more about her. Titus resolved to marry Caesennia, even without asking permission or guidance from his uncle, Quintus Flavius Alexander, who had taken up his position as pater familias, as Quintus’ father had passed away. As fate would have it, his resolve was formed right on the cusp of what was to prove a horrible disaster for his family back in Rome.

When word reached him of the purges going on in Rome, Titus knew he could not stay in Caesarea. One, it was unsafe, with the long arm of the newly self-proclaimed Emperor reaching even to North Africa to get at and destroy any possible claimants to the Imperial throne. Secondly, he could not sit idly by and let Clemens get away with his heinous crimes. By necessity, he had to put his marriage plans aside, arranging a hasty betrothal before leaving Caesarea to meet up with his cousin, Jullus, in Carhtage. It was Jullus who relayed the true shocking story of what had occurred, to his own family, and many of those associated with the Flavii-Alexandrae.

Titus learned that he had lost his father, his mother, and his younger sister to Clemens’ murderous schemes. His older sister, Cordelia, lost her husband and older daughter, but was somehow able to escape with her two younger children. Beyond his immediate family, Titus was stunned to hear of other relations, friends and anyone who had the misfortune to be seen as a possible claimant to imperial power, no matter how remote. Returning to Rome to mourn and immolate the dead wasn’t even a possibility. Titus set sail for Syria, and there joined his cousin Quintus, as well as his other cousin and boyhood friend, Octavius, and he served Quintus as he defeated Scaurus, and then moved on to tackle Cotta. In the space of a few months, Quintus had marched upon Rome and brought the traitor Clemens to heel, and claimed imperial rule for himself, with the support of the war weary citizens of Rome, both within the city itself and in most of the far flung. Empire. It was only then that Titus was able to reunite with his surviving sister and other family members, and together they performed the traditional mourning rituals for the loved ones they had lost.

At this point, Titus had been gone from Caesarea for just a little less than a year. He had some hope that he might be sent back to North Africa, and he meant to claim Caesennia as his bride. But his cousin honored him by keeping him on as a tribune in his forces, as he, Qunitus, moved on from Rome into Gaul, to secure the northern borders with Germania. Titus was pleased, and was able to establish some communication with the girl he meant to marry, someday. It would prove years though before he could actually return for her. Years spent in military duty with Caesar, moving on to Britannia after Quintus was satisfied with his accomplishments in Gaul. Another year passed, and finally, early in 66 C.E., Titus returned to Rome alongside the troops that had helped to secure an entire empire. But as soon as he was given leave, off to Caesarea he sailed.

His return brought with it some unexpected reactions. But ultimately, he made good his promises of the years preceding. A wedding took place and the two sailed back to Rome with what might have been haste. But there were reasons for this, and in the public eye, Titus could not be faulted for wanting to get back to the pulsing, vibrant center of the Empire where he could make sure he was not forgotten. As was to be expected for an up and coming young man of his class, he did not linger long cooling his heels in Rome. He was sent back to Gaul early in 67 C.E. to aid his cousin Jullus in efforts to send Roman legions across the Rhine. He was appointed as the Legatus of the Auxiliae VII Daria Gallorum, one of the cavalry units stationed in Germania Superior . Here he accumulated a few more scars in the fighting with the Germans. Having left a pregnant Caesennia in Rome, Titus was sorely disappointed to receive news that the child, a son, was still born. He returned to Rome when he could, and was once again with his wife long enough to leave her pregnant once more. When he returned permanently from his appointment in Germania – two years spent in near perpetual skirmishing – the gods, and his wife, rewarded him with the birth of a healthy daughter, whom they named Titia.

Titus greatly enjoyed the time he was able to spend in Rome with his wife and child. His cousin honored him once again by selecting him as Quaestor Augusti, basically something like a personal secretary and messenger who served Caesar directly. This was Titus’ first real introduction to political life, though he was more of an observer, and listener, than any sort of decision maker. Still, cousin and secretary to Caesar, he found many men showed him deference and respect. He enjoyed this on some levels, but having now spent most of the past decade plus in the military, he also was a bit contemptuous of anyone who was too unctuous or sycophantic, especially those who apparently had no backbone for armed conflict. But he kept his mouth shut and learned as much as he could from something that often resembled a fly on the wall position, close to the seat of power.

After two years in Rome, though, Quintus had need to send Titus elsewhere, this time appointing him Legatus Legionis of Legio IX Claudia, in Dacia, where once again insurrection was bubbling. With his appointment of three years ended, Titus returned to Rome a month ago to have some much deserved time with his wife, who was once again pregnant, and their daughter. As of early 74 C.E., Titus has given some thought to seeking election as Praetor or running for a seat in the Senate. But first and foremost, he wants to spend some time with his family, reconnecting with a wife that he’s seen little enough of since their wedding seven years ago, and a now five year old daughter.

62 C.E. - left North Africa to serve with Quintus Flavius Caesar Alexander Augustus in Syria and the return to Rome during the Civil War
63 C.E. - served with Quintus stabilizing the border with Germania
64 - 65 C.E. - served with Quintus restoring peace in Roman Britannia
66 C.E. - returned to Caesarea and married Caesennia
67 C.E. - appointed as Legatus of a cavalry unit in Germania Superior
68 C.E. - first child, a son, is still born
69 C.E. - returns to Rome, a healthy daughter , Titia, is born; appointed by Caesar as Quaestor Augusti
71 C.E. - appointed as Legatus Legionus and sent to Dacia
early 74 C.E. - returns to Rome

*Thank you to Gothy for all her help with figuring out Titus’ history. Some of the above information was pulled from Qunitus Flavius Caesar Alexander and Octavius Flavis Alexander’s applications and paraphrased/summarized.

**paraphrased from this Wikipedia entry: Cherchell (which is the modern day name of Caesarea Mauretaniae)

 

 

 

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