"it was then that the wisest of my good geniuses came to my aid"

Pompeia Plotina Claudia Phoebe Piso (d.121/122 AD) was the wife of the Emperor Trajan, and noted for her interest in Epicurean philosophy. Her relationship with Hadrian was clearly a close one: Cassius Dio claims that she was in love with him (although there is no suggestion of any physical impropriety between them), and the Historia Augusta hints that she may have forged Trajan's will to ensure Hadrian's succession. After her death Hadrian secured her deification and built a temple to her in Nimes.

Sestercius with image of Plotina
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