Livia Drusilla is probably best known for being the wife of the Emperor Augustus and mother of the Emperor Tiberius, but she was a fascinating, formidable character in her own right too. In this interview, Ella Sullivan talks us through some of the most famous portrayals of Livia, from the ancient literary sources to the 1976 BBC adaptation of Robert Graves’ novel I, Claudius. How was Tacitus’ representation of Livia shaped by his political beliefs? How do later receptions draw on and develop the picture given by the ancient sources? And what does Livia Drusilla have in common with suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst? Click on the screenshot below to find out!

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