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Great Women of Imperial Rome: Mothers and Wives of the Caesars

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Drawing from a broad range of documentation this book vividly characterizes eleven royal women who are brought visually to life through photographs of over 300 ancient coins and through the author's own illustrations.

Spanning the period from the death of Julius Caesar in 44BC to the third century AD, and with an epilogue surveying empresses of later eras, the author's comp
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ebook, 376 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Routledge (first published 2006)
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Sara G
This is a decent overview of the Roman empresses, from Caesar Augustus's wife Livia all the way through the split in the Roman Empire. There's not a lot of information on these women aside from a few ancient sources (who weren't always contemporary or non-partisan) and the statues and coinage of the time period. The author does a pretty good job of extrapolating information from the sources at hand, though.

My only real gripe is that especially with the earlier empresses, information got repeate
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Tara Calaby
A good basic introduction to the stories of various notable women from Imperial Rome. This is perhaps more suited to those who are new to Ancient Rome, simply because Burns generally does not question the ancient sources, instead picking and choosing between the accounts of Tacitus, Dio and Suetonius for the Julio-Claudian period. Occasionally, he provides an argument of his own, but on the whole the work is more a summary of the key primary sources.
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