"The feeble head of Servianus"

Lucius Julius Ursus Servianus (45-156 AD) was married to Hadrian's elder sister, Aelia Domitia Paulina. According to the Augustan History he did attempt to prevent Hadrian's travel to Germany following Nerva's death, but there is no evidence that he made an attempt on Hadrian's life at this point in time. The two men were subsequently reconciled, and Hadrian seems to have considered Servianus as a potential successor. By the time of Hadrian's death, however, Servianus was too old to succeed him and his (Servianus's) grandson, Gnaeus Pedanius Fuscus Salinator was considered a more likely option. Servianus was furious when Hadrian overlooked Salinator in favour of Antoninus Pius, and was subsequently implicated in a coup attempt against Hadrian, who ordered his death. According to Cassius Dio, Servianus exclaimed before he took his own life "my only prayer is that Hadrian lingers for a long time, praying for death but unable to die."