Livia

First Lady of Imperial Rome

Anthony A. Barrett

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January 11, 2004
464 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
29 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300102987
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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

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.

An alternate selection of the History Book Club

“In his previous books on Caligula and Agrippina, Anthony Barrett has amply proven his competence as an imperial biographer. Now he adds 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


“The first full-length book in English on (probably) the most important woman in (all) Roman imperial history. Barrett combines painstaking study of the ancient evidence with full awareness of contemporary scholarship.”—Gwyn Morgan, University of Texas at Austin

“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

"Barrett’s excellent life of Livia, the first Julio-Claudian empress and arguably the most important, forms a worthy companion to his earlier biography, Agrippina. . . . Clearly written, with translations of all Latin and Greek passages appearing in the text, a lengthy bibliography, notes, helpful stemmata, maps, plans, and illustrations."—Choice

"Barrett is an assured and often amusing guide."—Mark Golden, Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“An excellent biography.”—Patrick Madigan, Haythrop Journal

"A first-rate collection of material."—Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement

Selected by as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2003 by Choice Magazine
Agrippina

Sex, Power, and Politics in the Early Empire

Anthony A. Barrett

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