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Portraits of Livia

Portraits of Livia
Imaging the Imperial Woman in Augustan Rome

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  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2002
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521583947

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  • Driven by the novelty of her role as empress, Livia Drusilla, wife of Augustus, invented a visual language of female rank and status that was to have a profound impact on Roman art. The portrait solutions that she devised cleverly promoted the cultural programs of Augustus and his successors, Tiberius and Claudius, as well as her role in the imperial line of succession. In this study, Elizabeth Bartman sets Livia's imagery within its socio-political context while also analyzing the role played by gender in its formulation. Richly illustrated and including descriptive catalogue entries of more than 110 surviving portraits, as well as the epigraphic testimony for scores of images now lost, this study presents unparalleled documentation of Livia's image during more than sixty years of her public life in Rome.

    • Unparalleled documentation of Livia's image during the more than sixty years of her public life in Rome
    • Nearly 200 half-tones
    • Establishes socio-political context for portraits and assesses them as documents of ancient Roman notions of womanhood and gender
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521583947
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 288 x 226 x 24 mm
    • weight: 1.255kg
    • contains: 194 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2002
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Patterns of Representation:
    1. Identifying Livia
    2. Modes of portrait production and reception
    3. Facial signals/body language
    Part II. The Politics of the Portraits:
    4. Livia and Octavian
    5. Livia and Augustus
    6. Livia and Tiberius
    7. The posthumous Livia.

  • Author

    Elizabeth Bartman

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