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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2018 - History - 385 pages
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A captivating popular history that shines a light on the notorious Julio-Claudian women who forged an empire


Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero--these are the names history associates with the early Roman Empire. Yet, not a single one of these emperors was the blood son of his predecessor. In this captivating history, a prominent scholar of the era documents the Julio-Claudian women whose bloodline, ambition, and ruthlessness made it possible for the emperors' line to continue.


Eminent scholar Guy de la Bédoyère, author of Praetorian, asserts that the women behind the scenes--including Livia, Octavia, and the elder and younger Agrippina--were the true backbone of the dynasty. De la Bédoyère draws on the accounts of ancient Roman historians to revisit a familiar time from a completely fresh vantage point. Anyone who enjoys I, Claudius will be fascinated by this study of dynastic power and gender interplay in ancient Rome.

 

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A fresh take on the lives of some of the famous and notorious women of ancient Rome, told with a discriminating eye for the not-so-subtle subtext in the sources. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 VIRTUE HONOUR AND CHASTITY
17
2 AGE OF THE IMPERATORS CLEOPATRA FULVIA AND LIVIA 4431 bc
39
3 WOMEN IN THE AUGUSTAN STATE 31 bcad 14
58
4 FORGING THE FUTURE LIVIA OCTAVIA AND JULIA 27 bcad 14
78
5 THE DOWAGER EMPRESS AND MATRIARCH LIVIA 1429
115
6 IMPATIENT FOR EQUALITY AGRIPPINA THE ELDER 2941
156
7 SELFDESTRUCTION MESSALINA 418
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10 MURDER AGRIPPINA CLAUDIA OCTAVIA AND POPPAEA 5968
245
11 EPILOGUE THE SEVERAN AND OTHER EMPRESSES
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APPENDIX 1
299
APPENDIX 2
304
APPENDIX 3
311
GLOSSARY
318
NOTES
325
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
363

8 THE REIGN OF AGRIPPINA THE YOUNGER PART 1 4954
204
9 THE REIGN OF AGRIPPINA THE YOUNGER PART 2 549
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Guy de la Bédoyère is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and well known from television appearances. He lives in Grantham Lincs, UK.

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