Publius Aelius Hadrianus Afer
was a distinct and
wealthy Roman Senator
and Soldier who
lived in the Roman Empire
. Afer was originally
from Spain; however, he
was of Roman descent.
born and raised in the grandeur city of Italica (near modern
Seville, Spain) in the
Roman Province of Hispania
He came from a well-established, wealthy and
aristocratic family of Praetorian
. He was the son of the noble Roman woman called Ulpia
and his father was a
Roman Senator called Publius Aelius Hadrianus Marullinus
Afer’s maternal uncle was the Roman General and Senator Marcus Ulpius Traianus
father of Ulpia Marciana
younger brother Emperor Trajan
Marciana and Trajan were his maternal cousins.
his life, Afer spent various amount of his time in Rome.
is Latin for African
He received the surname Afer
as a nickname, due to his
understanding service in Mauretania
married Domitia Paulina, a Spanish Roman
woman from a distinguished senatorial family who came from Gades
(modern Cádiz, Spain).
Their children were a daughter, Aelia Domitia Paulina
(75-130) and a son, Emperor Publius Aelius
(76-138). After reaching the
, Afer and his wife died in 86.
His son and daughter were put in the guardianship of his cousin
and Roman Officer Publius Acilius Attianus
- Historia Augusta - Life of Hadrian