I, LIVIA Reveals Story of a Misunderstood Woman
The life of a vilified, misunderstood woman is recounted in a refreshing new light in "I, Livia: The Counterfeit Criminal: The Life Story of a Much Maligned Woman" (published by Trafford Publishing), a corrective historical biography by Mary Mudd.
Livia, the third and much beloved wife of Caesar Augustus, was popularized in Robert Graves' 1934 novel "I, Claudius." The book portrayed Livia as a scheming, malicious murderer. According to Mudd, not only was Livia innocent of the crimes imputed to her; she was an independent-thinking feminist far ahead of her time.
Mother to Emperor Tiberius, the son she bore from a previous marriage to Tiberius Claudius Nero, popular but erroneous tradition has long claimed that Livia maintained complete control over the Augustus family and would stop at nothing to ensure that her son would assume power one day.
With the publication of "I, Livia," Mudd comes forth to set the record straight about this misunderstood historical figure. Livia's role in Roman public life is portrayed as that of as an extraordinarily visible, dynamic and influential political female in a culture which cast women in exclusive roles of childrearing and other domestic endeavors. Livia's criminal reputation is explained and reasons are given for its development and longevity.