Livia Drucilla, Matron or Murderess:
The true power behind Augustus
Lake Travis High School
Drucilla, better known as Livia and Emperor Augustus' wife, an upright, wrongly
accused matron or a manipulative, cynical, power driven woman who engineered
the deaths of numerous Julio-Claudian family members for the personal gain
of placing her son Tiberius on the imperial throne? This paper examines Livia's
role as first "first lady" through the works of Cassius Dio, Tacitus,
Suetonius, Sallust, and other secondary sources to clarify this matter. The
paper also takes into account familial, personal, and professional reasons
why the aforementioned primary sources held the views that they did about
Livia, whether truthful and justified or not. The paper examines the circumstances
and deaths of Marcellus, Marcus Agrippa, Drusus the Elder, grandsons
Gaius, Lucius, and Postumus and the mysterious death of Germanicus in Syria.
Coincidence or natural death, if such a thing was possible during the Julio-Claudian
reign. The paper also elaborates on Livia's use of the imperial seal for "business".
This paper makes very interesting conclusions, and furthermore, makes one
scrutinize any preconceived ideas about Livia.