Marcus Aurelius, after the death of his wife, Faustina, who was younger than himself, was to resist the next marriage. He explained that he wanted to avoid any pressure from his stepmother on numerous offspring (Faustina and Aurelius had at least 12 children).
It is worth mentioning that in ancient Rome, the society negatively assessed the stepmothers who were often the object of jokes and ridicule.
Krawczuk Aleksander, Poczet cesarzy rzymskich, Warszawa 2004
Krawczuk Aleksander, Poczet cesarzowych Rzymu, Warszawa 2001
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