Flavia Gemina
Francesca Isherwood as Flavia

Birth and Death

16 June AD 69 (Ostia) - Unknown

Also Known As

  • Puella Docta (my clever girl) (by Flaccus)
  • My little owl (by Marcus)
  • Knobbly-knees (by the pirates)

Hair Color






Signature colour


Family Members

Parents and siblings


Uncle and Aunt




Flavia Gemina is one of the four detectives and can be considered to be the main character of the series.

In the TV series, Flavia is played by Francesca Isherwood.


Flavia was born in Ostia on 16 June, AD 69. Her mother, Myrtilla, died in childbirth whilst giving birth to twin boys, when Flavia was three. Her father, Marcus Flavius Geminus memorialised her by naming his ship, the Myrtilla, after her. This has played a large part in Flavia's noticeable independence, which is unusual in Roman girls.

By the time the series starts, she is a self-proclaimed 'directrix' (a truth-seeker) with a brilliant mystery-solving mind. She lives next door to her friend Jonathan ben Mordecai, his father Mordecai ben Ezra and his older sister Miriam bat Mordecai.


Flavia can be bossy, impulsive and easily swayed by her emotions. She hates not knowing things and is quite nosy. However, she always acts with the best of intentions and has a strong sense of justice. She has a very sharp and analytical mind. She is also very determined and 'too independent for her own good', similar to Cartilia Poplicola. She also hates snakes.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Flavia has bright grey eyes, which Nubia describes as 'like a clear sky', and blonde hair. She is not pretty, which annoys her. In The Sirens of Surrentum, Pulchra tells her "Your nose is too big and your mouth is too wide. You have knobbly knees and big feet. Your brow is too high and, if you're not careful, you'll be getting spots soon.". She often wears blue tunics and stolas. However, in the last book, Pulchra admits that she is jealous of Flavia's appearance.

Etymology Edit

The name Flavia comes from the Latin word 'flavos', meaning fair, or blond.


Flavia appears in, among others, the following novels: