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Domina: The Women Who Made Imperial Rome by Guy de la Bedoyere

A captivating popular history that shines a light on the notorious Julio-Claudian women who forged an empire

Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero-these are the names history associates with the early Roman Empire. Yet, not a single one of these emperors was the blood son of his predecessor. In this captivating history, a prominent scholar of the era documents the Julio-Claudian women whose bloodline, ambition, and ruthlessness made it possible for the emperors' line to continue.

Eminent scholar Guy de la Bedoyere, author of Praetorian, asserts that the women behind the scenes-including Livia, Octavia, and the elder and younger Agrippina-were the true backbone of the dynasty. De la Bedoyere draws on the accounts of ancient Roman historians to revisit a familiar time from a completely fresh vantage point. Anyone who enjoys I, Claudius will be fascinated by this study of dynastic power and gender interplay in ancient Rome.

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Domina Reviews


"Featuring tales of bravery, wit and cunning, this is a fascinating look at the characters who maintained a dynasty" -History Revealed

"de la Bedoyere demonstrates convincingly that women's importance was intrinsic to the power structures created by the principate, not just a peculiarity of the Julio-Claudians. It is a valuable perspective, conveyed with a vivacity that will keep readers riveted to the last." - Penelope Goodman, History Today
"An illuminating and highly readable narrative about the role of women at the centre of imperial Rome - fascinating and important."-Lesley Adkins, author of Handbook to Life In Ancient Rome
"In contrast to most histories of Rome which focus almost entirely on the exploits of its male emperors, Domina examines the women who partnered them in power, from the perfect Roman wives Livia and Octavia to Cleopatra, Agrippina the Younger and the trio of Severan Julias who all stepped far beyond tradition to dominate the Roman world."-Joann Fletcher, The Story of Egypt
"Enjoyable, fluently written and well-balanced in approach. De la Bedoyere leaves no stone unturned by way of evidence, which he carefully evaluates with regard to its context and reliability."-Pat Southern, author of The Roman Army
"A vital contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the lives of imperial women. Domina presents a nuanced assessment of the various forms of power and agency which women could wield and the ways in which Roman historians drew on gender ideologies both to praise and censure them. Fascinating."-Katherine J. Lewis, author of Kingship and Masculinity in Late Medieval England

"An illuminating and highly readable narrative about the role of women at the centre of imperial Rome - fascinating and important."-Lesley Adkins, author of Handbook to Life In Ancient Rome -- Lesley Adkins
"In contrast to most histories of Rome which focus almost entirely on the exploits of its male emperors, Domina examines the women who partnered them in power, from the perfect Roman wives Livia and Octavia to Cleopatra, Agrippina the Younger and the trio of Severan Julias who all stepped far beyond tradition to dominate the Roman world."-Joann Fletcher, The Story of Egypt -- Joann Fletcher
"Enjoyable, fluently written and well-balanced in approach. De la Bedoyere leaves no stone unturned by way of evidence, which he carefully evaluates with regard to its context and reliability."-Pat Southern, author of The Roman Army -- Pat Southern
"A vital contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the lives of imperial women. Domina presents a nuanced assessment of the various forms of power and agency which women could wield and the ways in which Roman historians drew on gender ideologies both to praise and censure them. Fascinating."-Katherine J. Lewis, author of Kingship and Masculinity in Late Medieval England -- Katherine J. Lewis

About Guy de la Bedoyere


Guy de la Bedoyere is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and well known from television appearances. He lives in Grantham Lincs, UK.

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CIN000275471
Domina: The Women Who Made Imperial Rome by Guy de la Bedoyere
Guy de la Bedoyere
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Yale University Press
2018-09-04
408
0300230303
9780300230307
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