58 BCE – 29 Ce
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