I Am Livia

I Am Livia Her life would be marked by scandal and suspicion worship and adoration At the tender age of fourteen Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius

  • Title: I Am Livia
  • Author: Phyllis T. Smith
  • ISBN: 9781477848821
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • I Am Livia

    Her life would be marked by scandal and suspicion, worship and adoration At the tender age of fourteen, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar Proving herself an astute confidante, she becomes her father s chief political asset and reluctantly enters into an advantageous marriage to a prominent military offHer life would be marked by scandal and suspicion, worship and adoration At the tender age of fourteen, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar Proving herself an astute confidante, she becomes her father s chief political asset and reluctantly enters into an advantageous marriage to a prominent military officer Her mother tells her, It is possible for a woman to influence public affairs, reminding Livia that while she possesses a keen sense for the machinations of the Roman senate she must also remain patient and practical.But patience and practicality disappear from Livia s mind when she meets Caesar s heir, Octavianus At only eighteen, he displays both power and modesty A young wife by that point, Livia finds herself drawn to the golden haired boy In time, his fortunes will rise as Livia s family faces terrible danger But her sharp intellect and her heart will lead Livia to make an unbelievable choice one that will give her greater sway over Rome than she could have ever foreseen.

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    1. Sarah (Presto agitato)

      “If his oddity and mine did not take precisely the same form, still the edges of one seemed to fit those of the other, like two sides of a split piece of pottery.”Caesar Octavianus Augustus and Livia Drusilla were the original power couple. During the course of a marriage that lasted 52 years, Augustus seized and consolidated power from the crumbling Roman republic to become Rome’s first Emperor. He defeated his rivals, ending the civil wars that took place after Julius Caesar’s assassin [...]

    2. Mardel Fehrenbach

      I downloaded I Am Livia as a part of the Kindle First program, and I read it immediately, finishing early this morning. I absolutely loved it. This is not surprising. I remember watching I Claudius with my parents in the 1970s, and later, when I read the books by Robert Graves, I loved them even more than the mini-series. I also devoured Colleen McCoullough's series of novels about ancient Rome. Livia has been much maligned in history, but I am not sure how much truth there is in these stories a [...]

    3. twelvejan [Alexandria]

      2 mehhhh starsI LOVE historical fiction. Ever since Kate Quinn brought Ancient Rome to life with her Mistress of Rome, I knew I've got to search out for more tales that detailed the history of ancient Rome. In spite of having seven other HFs in my "twelvejan's 12 semi-fictitious Historical Novels Challenge" to read, I decided to be wild and picked up something else. My instincts failed me this time. With as my guide, I started I Am Livia. And I feel terrible saying this, but I found the informa [...]

    4. Yolanda

      I haven't been so sucked into a book in a long while. I received this book free from Firsts, and I've lost the entire day to it! I am a student of Roman art and culture and history, so this was a natural fit for me. I Am Livia tells the story of Caesar Octavianus from the point of view of his wife, Livia, in the form of a personal memoir. It was lovey to read, very well written, and faithful to what we know of that era (to the best of my knowledge). It was refreshing to read of a Roman woman as [...]

    5. Nicole~

      3.5 starsThe history of ancient Rome, in general, has cloaked the women of the Caesars in shadows and obscurity. Undoubtedly, these women are worthy of greater attention; their stories are fascinating in their own right, and rife with intrigue and scandal.Livia Drusilla (58 B.C.- 28 A.D.) was extremely charitable to the cause of orphans and provided relief support to victims of disasters. She was privy to affairs of state and had the ear of "the ruler of the world." She has been viewed as the mo [...]

    6. Laura

      This is the first novel written by Phyllis Smith.The plot describes Livia Drusilla's life, being the daughter of Marcus Livius Drusus Claudianus by his wife Aufidia.The book starts with the assassination of Julius Caesar. Her first marriage was with Tiberius Claudius Nero, her cousin of patrician status who was fighting with er father on the side of Julius Caesar's assassins against Octavian. She had two children, namely Tiberius and Drusus.But her true love was the emperor Augustus but she wasn [...]

    7. Emily

      This book does NOT do Livia justice. She was one of the most powerful women in Roman history - and probably world history, as well - so I have trouble believing that the thinly sketched protagonist of this novel has any relation to the woman who becomes the first Augusta of Rome. I think I'm a little put out because a) I really want a novelization of Livia's rise to power, b) this somehow manages to make Octavian into a golden YA hero which is awful (he was a snake in the grass let's get real!!! [...]

    8. Elena

      Livia, wife of Caesar Augustus, has suffered a bad reputation. By many historians, she has been considered a ruthless, power-hungry woman, who poisoned half of her husband’s family, and maybe even Augustus himself. Still, I have always greatly admired her, probably because I can’t help but love powerful women in ancient history. In I Am Livia, Phyllis T. Smith finally does Livia justice, giving a sympathetic but not too biased portrayal of this enigmatic woman.Livia comes across as a very in [...]

    9. Amy Bruno

      Livia Drusilla, wife to Caesar Augustus, mother of the Emperor Tiberius, ancestress to Emperors Caligula, Claudius, and Nero, and the first Empress of Rome is the subject of Phyllis T. Smith’s novel, I Am Livia. If you’re thinking that she sounds pretty intriguing I can assure you that she is! As the daughter of a Roman Senator, Livia is incredibly intelligent and politically astute – a trait that comes in handy in later her role as wife and confidante of Caesar. Like most powerful women i [...]

    10. Chris

      I recently saw Mary Beard give a talk about her new book. She actually referenced I, Claudius and the character of Livia. Because, you know, who doesn't love Sian Phillips.Seriously, who doesn't?So, in part, this book seems to be influenced by that BBC production of the Graves novel - though the Livia here comes across as a bit strong willed but a bit meh. In fact, the book is simply about her early life and leaves out the whole bit where Augustus becomes Augustus. It also becomes a bit soap ope [...]

    11. Meg - A Bookish Affair

      "I am Livia" is a historical fiction tale of Ancient Rome that tells the story of Livia Drusilla, who moves in and out of the political circles of Rome. Told from Livia's own perspective, this book gives the reader a front row seat to an absolutely fascinating time. I really enjoyed seeing all of the political intrigue and romance of the time through Livia's eyes. My fellow historical fiction fans will really enjoy this tale with its fantastic detail.I really liked Livia as a character. She was [...]

    12. Laura

      Livia in an absolutely fascinating historical figure, and this book really doesn't do her credit. She both annoyed me and bored me, and the heart of this novel was essentially a romance novel. Obviously, her relationship with Augustus is hugely important and the reason she could wield so much power, but there wasn't enough on her relationship with her sons and her ambitions for them. It felt more like a teen romance than a biography of one of the most powerful women in the Roman Empire. And unfo [...]

    13. Rio (Lynne)

      3.5 stars. This was an audiobook. It wasn't heavy and I'm not an expert on Livia, but I believe this was a good way to get familiar with her. Most women were forgotten in this time period, because men wrote the history books, but as Emperor Augustus' wife, no one can deny she left her mark on Rome. This covers her childhood, marriage to Tiberus, then Tavius, up to The Battle of Actium aka Marc Antony and Cleopatra's demise. I enjoyed this story. How powerful was she? I believe a lot, but we will [...]

    14. Anjanet

      Got this as a Kindle First Reads. Having read a lot of HUGE books about ancient Rome, I was wondering how informative this could be based on the page count.P.T. Smith did a great job!The book limited itself to the view point of one character, and didn't focus on ALL of the political machinations of the era, but rather on the affect Livia could have on politicsd the affects the politics had on Livia and her relationships. There is no lengthy discussion of battles or other political intrigue; it i [...]

    15. PuPilla

      Olvasmányos történelmi regény, cseppet sem látszik rajta, hogy a szerző első regénye. Nagyon remélem, hogy sok hasonló követi még. Rendkívül jól ragadta meg ezt a kevéssé ismert, de szellemalaknak korántsem nevezhető nőt a régmúltból, Livia Drusillát, aki a későbbi Augustus császár jobbkeze is volt, nem csak a felesége. Finom érzékenységgel, és hihető részletekkel szőtt eköré a nehezen visszakereshető kapcsolat köré egy olyan történetet, aminél jobbat [...]

    16. Audra (Unabridged Chick)

      I've never considered Livia, wife of Emperor Augustus, to be a very sympathetic figure. Popular culture tends to paint her as a cold, scheming woman but in Smith's hands, Livia is far more sympathetic, likable, and warm. As an enormous fan of Stephanie Dray's trilogy about Cleopatra's daughter, I pretty much thought I'd never like Livia. This book proves the power of a well-written novel: a reader, despite herself, can't resist a convincing main character and realistically articulated emotions a [...]

    17. RitaSkeeter

      It's been a long week, I'm tired, so here it is straight up with no candy coating; this book was a disappointment. I loved the premise the author started with - to tell the story of Livia Drusilla. So often historical fiction set in Rome concerns men, and rarely do we gain a glimpse of the women and what their lives were life. Something the author did really well was painting a picture of 'domestic' Rome, and the role of women in that society. I felt I learned some new things, but the author ble [...]

    18. Cateline

      I Am Livia by Phyllis T. SmithLike the author, I read and saw (and was fascinated by) Robert Graves rendition of Livia in I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Graves, along with some historians, completely excoriated the third wife of Caesar Augustus. The contemporaneous historians went through a bit of a "he said, she said" routine and your view of Livia depends on which one you believe. But it must be considered what each historian had to gain or lose by his comments. And, it must be remembered h [...]

    19. Carolina Casas

      The best historical fiction I've read this year. Livia has received a lot of bad press and has earned the nickname of the most evil woman that ever lived in the Roman Empire. Roman historians did her no favors, though they did speak how intelligent and devoted she was, and how she made so many contributions to the common people. Phyllis T. Smith has done a terrific job rescuing Livia, I hope that everyone who reads this thinks the same and starts becoming interested in learning more about her. I [...]

    20. Jennifer

      After reading "The Daughters of Palatine Hill" I knew I had to read this author’s debut novel. For a debut novel I am amazed. Not only was it well-written but the clarity in which Livia’s world opened up before my eyes was unbelievable. Her story felt incredibly real to me, the thoughts she had were complexly human, and never once did I doubt that I was reading the story of a woman who actually lived. Livia was so vivid that I actually forgot that she was a character in this novel and began [...]

    21. The Just-About-Average Ms M

      Folks who read historical fiction can be a tough crowd. In general we insist that the history salted among the fiction be more accurate than not, and the characters act, speak, and comport themselves in accordance with the social, cultural, political, and religious norms of the century in which they live. We don’t like anachronisms, and usually disapprove of thin storylines populated with 21st century people in costumes, their 21st century sensibilities visible for all to see. What we also exp [...]

    22. Leslie

      I’m always fascinated to read books with different perspectives on a specific person. Throughout history, Livia Drusilla has been called a wide range of names: poisoner, ambitious, driven, etc. Suffice it to say, she hasn’t been put in the best of light. However, in I Am Livia, Phyllis T. Smith takes a different route and shows us the woman behind the rumors to make a place for herself in history.To start with, the book doesn’t narrate her entire life. Instead it focuses on Livia’s early [...]

    23. The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

      "I wonder how many women from time immemorial have thought that if only women could rule the world it would be better than it is."I seriously blame Robert Graves and Sian Phillips for why I Am Livia just fell flat. The Livia of I, Claudius, as fearsome and ruthless as she has been portrayed was far more interesting than this attempt to "correct the record".Perhaps it's me, but there's something profoundly troubling about stories in which ambitious and/or dangerous women of history are "rehabilit [...]

    24. Kara

      A historical fiction of the life of Empress Livia, first empress of Rome, wife to Emperor Augustus. Livia often is portrayed as being larger than life, on a pedestal and /or running the empire as a grand puppet master behind the throne.Here we have a teenager thrust into a deadly political arena where failure to read the climate shifts fast enough can quickly lead to death. This portrayal of ancient Rome is quick to show that underneath the civilized veneer of indoor plumbing and haute cuisine, [...]

    25. Kaylie

      There is no denying that "I am Livia" is a very well written and a very well researched book. It takes place during the last years of the Roman Republic and the formation of the Roman Empire. It follows the life of the wife of Augustus Caesar Livia Drusilla, one of the most powerful and controversial women in the history of Rome.Livia is also one of the most maligned women in the history of Rome. Even now, 2,000 years after her death she is suspected poisoning members of her family who became an [...]

    26. Charles Deremer

      Disappointing. I picked up this book because I'm interested in Roman history, it had a lot of strong reviews, and it was on sale as a Kindle First book for a couple of bucks. I was dismayed to find the prose, the treatment of Livia Drusilla's rise to power as the wife Caesar Augustus, and their relationship were all written on the level of YA. Sigh. Livia was undoubtedly a complex person with a lot of motives. She has been often portrayed as a scheming poisoner, most notably in Robert Graves's I [...]

    27. Rachel

      In simple English, Phyllis Smith tells the story of Rome's most powerful woman. (Undoubtedly the most powerful woman of all times in ancient Rome, besides Cornelia Gracchi or Agrippina the Younger. )It's historically accurate, and although I already knew the whole story of the Roman Republic's demise, I hung on until the end. Livia has been portrayed in different ways, usually as ruthless and tyrannical.What her true motives were, we'll never know. Smith chooses to depict her as a woman who care [...]

    28. Pam

      Melodramtic piece that aims to put the immortal queen into a sympathetic role but Smith's Livia remains that of a love obsessed 16 yr old. Ancient Rome is at best a prop that is used to explain away everyone's strange names and love for togas. To add insult into this, Smith throws in cruel minor barbs here to explain why Livia gets a bad rep. But this coupled with her perpetual pout puts her on par with Regina George ala Mean Girls, not as a regal, conniving queen who took down Caeser. I would f [...]

    29. Katy Noyes

      Enjoyable and thought-provoking account of the power behind the Roman throneLivia, whom I only know from the book and TV series I Claudius, is here given her own voice and chance to influence her own lasting image by telling her own story - from the adolescent given in marriage to an older Roman to eventual wife of the Emperor, mother and powerful entity in the world of Rome in its heyday.Known through Robert Graves work as a potential poisoner and power-hungry matriarch, here she is just a girl [...]

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