daughter of Plauunder Septimius Severus, by whom she was selected as the bride of his eldest son.
This union, which took place in A. D. 202, proved most unhappy, for Caracalla was from the first averse to the match, and even after the marriage was concluded virtually refused to acknowledge her as his wife. Upon the disgrace and death of her father she was banished, first, it would appear, to Sicily, and subsequently to Lipara, where she was treated with the greatest harshness, and supplied with scarcely the necessaries of life.
After the murder of Geta in A. D. 212, Plautilla was put to death by order of her husband.
According to the narrative of Dio Cassius, who represents her a woman of most profligate life, a very short period, not more, probably, than a few months, intervened between her marriage and exile, a statement which it is extremely difficult to reconcile with the fact that a vast number of coins were struck in honour of this princess, not only in the city but in the more distant provinces.
She had a brother, Plautins, who shared her banishment and her fate. (D. C. 86.6
; Herodian, 2.13.7, 4.6.7; Eckhel, vol. vii. p.225.)