Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome

November 30, 2020
Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome

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 the generalreader as it is satisfying to the scholar."—Colin M. Wells, TrinityUniversity, San Antonio"In reading Anthony Barrett’s biography of Livia, I not onlylearned about this remarkable woman, but also gained a meaningfulappreciation of life and society in her time."—Howard Alper,President, The Royal Society of Canada"First-rate."—Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement