Name: Helena Antonia Flora Origin: Samnium Venusia – Italia
My name is Helena, the daughter of a retired Optio, Quintus Antonius Viator. He, who served in the first Jewish revolt second in command of a centuria from Legio X Fretensis, under the supreme command of Vespasian.
I’ve always carried great interest in the art and beauty of our Roman
culture. At a young age my father enlisted me into a ludus, in order to learn
reading and writing, in both Latin and Greek. My father is a lover of Greek
culture, as many Romans are, and that’s why he called me Helena, in honour of
the Spartan princess that was the cause of the Trojan War. I allocated my focus
towards poetry and calligraphy.
My family is not
of noble blood, yet we are respected for the heroic deeds of my father. After
his retirement, the Emperor gave our family land, after which prosperity
followed swiftly. As I grew older, I was charged with the responsibility of our
prospering household, alongside my mother who forged me into a loyal Roman
father as our ‘pater familias’, introduced me to a young Optio, Georgivs Ativs
Albinvs. His father was an old friend to mine. We became lovers and followed
him ever since. It seemed as if this match was made by the gods themselves!
Living with the
army is no joke, but only that lifestyle could keep me close enough to my
I carry the cognomen
of ‘Flora’, better known as the Roman Goddess of flowers. I obtained such name,
after my deep love towards nature and all its beauties. I honour her name by
adorning my long hair, with flowers.