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Phyllis T. Smith

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I Am Livia (2000) 300 kappaletta

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Brooklyn, New York, USA



This is an autobiographical novel of the life of Livia, wife of Julius Caesar's great nephew and adopted son Octavian, better known as the future Roman Emperor Augustus. The relationship between the two of them is closer to being one of equals, intellectually at least, than any other such relationship of the time - Livia has been described as the most powerful woman in the history of ancient Rome. The Livia depicted here is Tavius's (Octavian's) closest political advisor, but also very humane and with a horror of the warfare which necessarily accompanies his rise to supreme power. He (and ultimately she also) regards this rise as being for the good of Rome, in putting an end to the civil wars which have disfigured the city and growing empire's life for many decades and have effectively put an end to the Roman Republic, whose ideals were embodied most effectively by such figures as Cicero and Cato. This is a very different Livia from the more famous manipulative and scheming murderess depicted by Robert Graves in I, Claudius. I prefer to believe this version of Livia, though historians have different views and we will never know for sure. What is sure is that she was declared a goddess after her death at the advanced age of 86 by her grandson, Emperor Claudius. A powerful and influential figure.… (lisätietoja)
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john257hopper | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 23, 2021 |
Livia, Julia, and Cleopatra Selene tell their stories from Octavian/Augustus's triumph over Egypt to Julia's exile.

Interesting and believable, especially as we see the same events from the women's different viewpoints.
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Robertgreaves | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 3, 2019 |
A disappointing sequel to the excellent I Am Livia which I thoroughly enjoyed. Featuring 3 prominent Roman Women, the author never fully develops them into realistic characters. The storyline starts off well, but ends up more like a mediocre romance novel. It could have been so much better.
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Zumbanista | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 26, 2018 |
The day to day life and marriage of Livia to Octavian (Tavia) is conjecture; but the history of Rome, the Roman Civil Wars, and the foreign wars were very accurate. This is the 2nd account I have read of Livia, the first being I, Claudius many years ago. This novel paints Livia in a kinder, gentler light; although certainly no door mat. I do understand the machinations that took Rome from a republic to an empire better after this read. My only complaint is that the book informs readers that Octavia (Octavian's sister) raised the 3 surviving children of Antony and Cleopatra. Most historians agree that the oldest male, Alexander Helios was killed by Octavian very soon after parading him as a trophy in Rome. 391 pages 5 stars… (lisätietoja)
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Tess_W | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 18, 2018 |


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