livia Drusilla

58 BCE – 29 Ce

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Quiet and con­fined to the back­ground of im­pe­rial Ro­man life, Livia, the wife of Au­gus­tus, the first Ro­man em­peror, was the epit­ome of the per­fect Ro­man woman. While she never man­aged to bear the leader any chil­dren of his own she still wielded power act­ing as his coun­sel­lor and ad­vi­sor, al­ways whis­per­ing ideas into his ear. She was re­warded with the abil­ity to man­age her own fi­nances and a pub­lic statue of her­self – un­heard of for the time. Livia en­sured that a son from her first mar­riage, Tiberius, would suc­ceed Au­gus­tus and there were ru­mours that she killed Au­gus­tus to see her son rule.

Livia was de­i­fied by her grand­son Claudius in 42 CE, 13 years after her death

Livia man­aged to still be in­flu­en­tial in Ro­man pol­i­tics after Au­gus­tus’ death

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