Julia Augusta examines the socio-political impact of coin images of Augustus’ wife, Livia, within the broader context of her image in other visual media and reveals the detailed visual language that was developed for the promotion of Livia as the predominant female in the Roman imperial family.
The book provides the most comprehensive examination of all extant coins of Livia to date, and provides one of the first studies on the images on Roman coins as gender-infused designs, which created a visual dialogue regarding Livia’s power and gender-roles in relation to those of male members of the imperial family. While the appearance of Roman women on coins was not entirely revolutionary, having roughly coincided with the introduction of images of powerful Roman statesmen to coins in the late 40s BC, the degree to which Livia came to be commemorated on coins in the provinces and in Rome was unprecedented. This volume provides unique insights into the impact of these representations of Livia, both on coins and in other visual media.
Julia Augusta: Images of Rome’s First Empress on the Coins of the Roman Empire will be of great interest to students of women and imperial imagery in the Roman Empire, as well as the importance of visual representation and Roman imperial ideology.
List of figures
Designing Roman Women on Coins; Origins and Early Typology
To Be or Not to Be Livia: Rendering Readable Gender-Based Coin Images
Making an Impression? Livia on Coins of Rome versus the Provinces
‘Ulixes Stolatus’: Affirming Livia’s Power and Gender Roles through Coins
Catalogue of Coins
Illustrated Conspectus of Livia’s Coin Portraits