Her date of birth is not known. The Fulvii were one of the most distinguished Republican plebeian noble families in Rome; various members of the family achieved consulship and became senators , though no member of the Fulvii is on record as a consul after BC. Her father Marcus received the nickname "Bambalio", from the Latin "to stutter", because of his hesitancy in speech. Her maternal grandfather was Sempronius Tuditanus, who was described by Cicero as a madman, who liked to throw his money to the people from the Rostra. Fulvia and Clodius had two children together, a son also named Publius Clodius Pulcher and a daughter, Clodia Pulchra.
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Fulvia was the daughter of Marcus Fulvius Bambalio of Tusculum. She was first married to the demagogic politician Publius Clodius Pulcher. Their daughter Claudia was subsequently the wife of Octavian the future Augustus. The result was a brief period of public disorder and the temporary banishment of Milo. She apparently was deeply in love with him and had great ambition for him. Coinage shows that, at least initially, Antony knew and approved of her actions, even if he later repudiated them.
During the winter of 41—40 bc, Lucius Antonius was besieged in Perusia present-day Perugia and starved into surrender. Perusia was sacked, but Lucius Antonius was spared and given a command in Spain where he died , while Fulvia was allowed to escape unharmed and crossed over into Greece , where she met with the returning Antony at Athens. His extreme anger with her over her meddling is supposed to have caused her profound grief.
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