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[ok-tey-vee-uh] /ɒkˈteɪ vi ə/
died 11 b.c, sister of Roman emperor Augustus and wife of Marc Anthony.
a.d. c42–62, Roman empress, wife of Nero.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • He makes a pact with the young Cæsar, by marrying Cæsar's sister Octavia.

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  • Claudius and Messalina had one child—a daughter, named Octavia.

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  • Octavia, the daughter of Claudius and Messalina, was a little younger.

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  • This statue is said to have been found in the forum of Octavia at Rome.

  • His sister Octavia received them into her own house and intrusted their education to Archibius.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for Octavia


died 11 bc, wife of Mark Antony; sister of Augustus
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Word Origin and History for Octavia

fem. proper name, from Latin, fem. of Octavius, literally "the eighth" (see Octavian).

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