Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome (Hardback)
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Short Description for Livia Livia (58 BC-29 AD), the wife of Caesar Augustus and mother of Tiberius, wielded power at the centre of Roman politics for most of her long life. Anthony A. Barrett here examines Livia's life and her role in Roman politics, showing how she achieved influence that was unprecedented for a woman.
- Published: 01 September 2002
- Format: Hardback 464 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780300091960 ISBN 10: 0300091966
Full description for Livia
Livia (58 BC-29 AD), the wife of the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, and mother of the second, Tiberius, wielded power at the centre of Roman politics for most of her long life. Livia has been portrayed as a cunning and sinister schemer, but in this biography (the first in English devoted to her) Livia emerges as a much more complex individual. Achieving influence unprecedented for a woman, she won support and even affection from her contemporaries and was widely revered after her death. Anthony A. Barrett, author of acclaimed biographies of Caligula and Agrippina, here examines Livia's life and her role in Roman politics. He recounts the events of her life, from her early days as a member of the wealthy and powerful Claudian family through her final conflicts with the new Emperor Tiberius. Barrett also considers how Livia helped shape the pattern of Roman government that prevailed for the next four centuries.