Livia was downright evil, if you believe Graves, at least. But I love her scheming ways. You kind of have to respect any woman from back then who achieved the kind of power she had, even if it was behind the scenes.
I've also heard something semi-related about the origins of kissing. Apparently in the middle ages men would come home at the end of the day and check to make sure their wives hadn't been dipping into the mead by tasting their mouths, and one thing sort of led to another. But that could be utter crap...I'm not sure.
I don't know very much about Livia, actually. Want to give me a basic rundown?
And ooh! Interesting! I have never heard that before, but I like it!
Livia was Ceasar Augustus' wife. She had a lot of influence with him, acted as regent a few times. She was the matriarch of the entire Julio-Claudian line (the next 4 emporers were directly descended from her).
But mostly I know her from Grave's book, I Claudius. She was evil and manipulative, and when that didn't get her what she wanted she would assasinate whoever stood in her way (very fond of poison). But that's Grave's take and I haven't read enough other sources to say whether he's right or has an axe to grind.
Anyway, after she finally died, her grandson Claudius deified her, just like her husband Ceasar Augustus had been.
Very interesting indeed! I'll have to look into her more. Thanks, babe.
I can drink wine =[
makes me dizzy and fall over
I'm okay as long as it's not too dark and I don't overdo it.
wow, murder them?!?! thats a little harsh
Domestic homicide: my anti-drug.
*snort* I teared up I laughed so hard... and then felt guilty about it. You're bad for making me laugh at inapropriate things. ;)
It is amazing what some people will do to avoid having to share! That said, I don't think I will tell my husband about this one in case he gets ideas. ;)
That's what it all boils down too. I wonder how they would have responded to some basic Sesame Street and Barney sharing songs and skits.
hehe. I wish I could watch it anyway...
-- And good call. ;) No reason to give the menfolk any ideas.
2006-02-28 03:17 pm (UTC)
whoa. i love these little facts. i'm taking it for my journal!
men, always holding us down! haha.
*grin* Not ~always a bad thing...
Depending on the circumstances of course.
2006-02-28 05:07 pm (UTC)
Whoa. That's crazy. I wonder what the rationale was?
Of course, there wouldn't have been much issue with me drinking. Give me one beer, cider or glass of wine and I'm woozy. Heh.
I would say "Yay for modern times!" but, with the way things are going, I dunno. :\
Ditto on the modern times thing. Bleh.
I imagine they wanted good morale women... and wanted more booze for themselves and such.
If I lived back in the BC era, my husband would've killed me. lol.
Me too. I like my spirits. :)
2006-03-02 07:46 am (UTC)
Re: Yes, very true. lol.
Same here!!! Drinking party!!! :P
2006-03-03 06:17 am (UTC)
Re: Yes, very true. lol.
Hopefully we won't get killed. lol.