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Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome
Livia First Lady of Imperial Rome
Author: Anthony A. Barrett
ISBN-13: 9780300091960
ISBN-10: 0300091966
Publication Date: 9/2002
Pages: 464

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Publisher: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Livia (58 BC - AD 29), wife of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, and mother of the second, Tiberius, weilded power at the center of Roman politics for most of her long life. Livia has been portrayed as a cunning and sinister schemer who eliminated her opponents, both within her own family and outside of it. In this first English biography of hers, she emerges as a much more comples individual. A woman who skillfully won the support and even affection of her contemporaries, and who was widely revered after her death.

Extremely researched and well-written book on a woman who was probably the most important in Roman history. This book also gives a great insight into the life and culture of the people of that time.