I received a free copy of I Am Livia from TLC Book Tours for my honest review.
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I’ve stated many a time how much I love Roman history. So many of the book written focus on the men; it was so wonderful to read a story written from the point of view of a woman. Livia Drusilla was a force at a time when women were not considered much more than ornaments for their husbands. She was indulged by her father who appreciated her sharp political mind. Her fist husband, Tiberius Nero did not realize what he had and lost her to a man who turned out to be one of the more memorable men of his time – Caesar Augustus or as she referred to him, Tavius.
The book details Livia’s life from just before her first marriage to the end of it when she sees her son as ruler of Rome. He does listen to her nor does he respect her as his step father did and that is to his detriment. Livia is a far from perfect woman and this is a far from perfect book in that it can be a touch dry at times and sometimes seems a bit modern in its approach but those are minor flaws in detailing the life of a woman who was so ahead of her time.
I was fascinated from the first page to the last and it seems like things were left open for a sequel. I would not be disappointed if Rome’s history were to be continued, perhaps through the eyes of another of its women. I suggest you read I Am Livia to meet one of the builders of Rome’s greatness. I think it started to crumble bit by bit after their reign.
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