Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome
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Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome

by Anthony A. Barrett
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300102984

ISBN-13: 9780300102987

Pub. Date: 01/11/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

This is the first biography in English of one of Rome's most famous and infamous women, Livia (58 BC-AD 29), wife of Augustus and mother of Tiberius, who dominated imperial politics for decades. The first half of the study presents a chronological history of her extraordinary life followed by a thematic exploration of the huge influence she had which was a continuous

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This is the first biography in English of one of Rome's most famous and infamous women, Livia (58 BC-AD 29), wife of Augustus and mother of Tiberius, who dominated imperial politics for decades. The first half of the study presents a chronological history of her extraordinary life followed by a thematic exploration of the huge influence she had which was a continuous source of contention between Livia and Tiberius. Almost half of the book comprises appendices, sources and notes, leaving the first part of the study more accessible to general readers. This is a scholarly work which strives to correct the lasting impression that Robert Graves (in I Claudius ) has left of a manipulative murderess.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300102987
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Prefaceix
Map of the Roman World at the Time of the Death of Liviaxiv
Significant Eventsxvii
Part IThe Life of Livia
1.Family Background3
2.Marriage19
3.In the Shadows28
4.The Public Figure45
5.A New Reign73
Part IILivian Themes
6.The Private Livia103
7.Wife of the Emperor115
8.Mother of the Emperor146
9.Woman of Substance174
10.Friend, Patron, and Protector186
11.Death and Reputation215
Appendices
1.Sources229
2.The Roman System of Government303
3.Livia's Maternal Origins305
4.Livia's Name307
5.Livia's Birthdate309
6.Husbands of Scribonia311
7.The Birth of Drusus313
8.Livia's Aedes and the Temple of Concord315
9.The Domus Augusta317
10.The Conspiracy of Cornelius Cinna318
11.The Celebration of Livia's Marriage320
12.Palatine Vesta321
13.The Title Augusta in the Julio-Claudian Period322
14.Antonia as Augusta324
15.Augustus' Palatine Residence326
16.Livia's Festival on the Palatine329
17.Date of the Letter to the Samians331
18.The Cult of Bona Dea and Livia333
19.Agrippina and Livia in AD 28-29335
Abbreviations337
Notes347
Bibliography387
Index413

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