Livia

Livia : First Lady of Imperial Rome

By (author) Anthony A. Barrett

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Livia-wife of the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, and mother of the second, Tiberius- wielded extraordinary power at the center of Roman politics. In this biography of Livia, the first in English, Anthony Barrett sets aside the portrait of a cunning and sinister schemer to reveal Livia as a complex figure whose enduring political influence helped shape Roman government long after her death. "An excellent biography of Livia-as appealing to the general reader as it is satisfying to the scholar."-Colin M. Wells, Trinity University, San Antonio "In reading Anthony Barrett's biography of Livia, I not only learned about this remarkable woman, but also gained a meaningful appreciation of life and society in her time."-Howard Alper, President, The Royal Society of Canada "First-rate."-Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement

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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 26mm | 639.56g
  • 01 Mar 2004
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0300102984
  • 9780300102987
  • 328,902

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Anthony A. Barrett, professor of classics at the University of British Columbia, is also the author of Caligula: The Corruption of Power and Agrippina: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Early Empire, both published by Yale University Press in the U.S. only.

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"First-rate." Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement; "An excellent biography of Livia - as appealing to the general reader as it is satisfying to the scholar." Colin M. Wells, Trinity University, San Antonio; "In reading Anthony Barrett's biography of Livia, I not only learned about this remarkable woman, but also gained a meaningful appreciation of life and society in her time." Howard Alper, President, The Royal Society of Canada"

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