Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome

November 28, 2020
Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome

The author of Rome Is Burning separates factfrom fiction as he examines the life of an ancient Roman figuremade famous in the TV miniseries I Claudius.Livia—wife of the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, andmother of the second, Tiberius—wielded extraordinary power at thecenter of Roman politics. In this biography of Livia, the first inEnglish, Anthony Barrett sets aside the portrait of a cunning andsinister schemer to reveal Livia as a complex figure whose enduringpolitical influence helped shape Roman government long after herdeath."An excellent biography of Livia—as appealing to thegeneral reader as it is satisfying to the scholar." —Colin M.Wells, Trinity University, San Antonio"In reading Anthony Barrett's biography of Livia, I notonly learned about this remarkable woman, but also gained ameaningful appreciation of life and society in her time." —HowardAlper, President, The Royal Society of Canada"First-rate." —Mary Beard, Times LiterarySupplement