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Rome Season TwoTrial and Triumph$
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Monica Cyrino

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400275

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400275.001.0001

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Livia, Sadomasochism, and the Anti-Augustan Tradition in Rome

Livia, Sadomasochism, and the Anti-Augustan Tradition in Rome

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Rome Season Two

Anna McCullough

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter, “Livia, Sadomasochism, and the Anti-Augustan Tradition in Rome,” by Anna McCullough, demonstrates how the second season of the series Rome deftly echoes the ancient historical sources that are critical of Octavian, later known as Augustus, the first emperor. This chapter reveals how the second season echoes this crucial anti-Augustan tradition by exhibiting graphic scenes of Octavian’s wife, Livia, as sexually dominant and aggressive in bed. The series stages these scenes to signal Livia’s unconventional authority over Octavian in their marriage.

Keywords:   Rome, Livia, Octavian, sadomasochism, anti-Augustan tradition

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