Livia's tears: the presentation of Roman mourning

Hope, Valerie (2011). Livia's tears: the presentation of Roman mourning. In: Whittaker, Helène ed. In Memoriam: Commemoration, Communal Memory and Gender Values in the Ancient Graeco-Roman World. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 91–125.



This chapter investigates how the empress Livia is represented as mourning figure in Latin literature. It focuses on Tacitus' Annals, Seneca's Consolation to Marcia and the pseudo Ovid Consolation to Livia. It contrasts how mourning is represented in different literary genres, and relates this to both the characterisation of Livia and the changing face of Roman mourning.

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