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1st Edition

Julia Augusti

ISBN 9780415331463
Published August 1, 2006 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

This scholarly biography details the life of an extraordinary woman in an extraordinary society.

Julia Augusti studies the life of the only daughter of Augustus, the first Roman emperor, and the father who sacrificed his daughter and her children in order to establish a dynasty.

Studying the abundant historical evidence available, this biography studies each stage of Julia’s life in remarkable detail:

  • her childhood - taken from her divorced mother to become part of a complex and unstable family structure
  • her youth - set against the brilliant social and cultural life of the new Augustan Rome
  • her marriages - as tools for Augustus’ plans for succession
  • Julia’s violation of her father’s moral regime, and the betrayal of her absent husband.

Reflecting new attitudes, and casting fresh light on their social reality, this outstanding biography will delight, entertain and inform anyone interested in this engaging Classical figure.

Table of Contents

Introduction.  Julia’s Birth and Family.  Julia’s Girlhood.  Marriage to Agrippa.  Julia’s Boys.  The Grass Widow and Her Humiliation.  Julia’s Daughters.  The Death of Augustus, and Ruin of the Julian Branch

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Elaine Fantham taught for eighteen years at the University of Toronto and was Giger Professor of Latin, at Princeton University, until her retirement in 2000.


'This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the Augustan period, and will appeal to both scholar and lay-reader. The work encourages the adoption of fresh attitudes and sats fresh light on some important historical issues relating to gender studies.' - History and Culture