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Livia, Empress of Rome: A Biography
 
 
Author
Matthew Dennison.
Publisher St. Martin's  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.45 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780312658649
Pages/Publication Date 320/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30055
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The author of The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter here brings to life the infamous empress of Rome, Livia, long considered one of the most feared villainesses in history. Second wife of the emperor Augustus, mother of his successor Tiberius, grandmother of Claudius, and great-grandmother of Caligula, Livia's life spanned the years of Rome's transformation from republic to empire, and witnessed both its triumphs under the rule of Augustus and its lapse into instability under his dysfunctional successor. Livia was given the honorific title Augusta in her husband's will, and was posthumously deified by the emperor Claudius, but posterity would prove less respectful. Tacitus anathematized her as "malevolent" and a "feminine bully," and inspired Robert Graves's celebrated 20th-century depiction of Livia in I, Claudius as the quintessence of the scheming matriarch, poisoning her relatives one by one to smooth her son's path to the imperial throne. In this biography Matthew Dennison rescues the historical Livia from the crude caricature of popular myth to paint an elegant and richly textured portrait, weighing the evidence found in contemporary sources to present a more nuanced assessment. Livia's true "crime," he reveals, was not murder but the exercise of power—and the Livia who emerges here is a complex, courageous, and gifted woman—and one of the most fascinating and perplexing figures of the ancient world.

"A scholarly but highly accessible book about the woman who—through chance, dress, behavior, and her own undeniable determination—was able to make the empire her own."—Lindsey Davis

 
 
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