Myrtilla is Flavia Gemina's deceased mother.
Myrtilla died in childbirth when Flavia was three. The twin baby boys she was due to give birth to also died.
She is greatly mourned, not only by her family members, but also by Alma and Caudex, the family house-slaves. Flavia grows up often noticing the sore absence of a mother and Marcus, Myrtilla's widower, at times despairs that he lets his daughter run too wild without her mother there to teach her.
Myrtilla was a kind, gentle woman who was very caring towards her daughter and husband. She had a zest for life and a curiosity that she passed on to Flavia.
Marcus and Flavia both compare Cartilia Poplicola to her.
Myrtilla had dark hair.
- Myrtilla is a female given name of English origin. It is derived from 'myrtle' and means 'a flowering shrub'.