This is a very detailed and fascinating story about four very interesting women in Imperioal Rome.
Livia Galante's first lecture, on Livia Drusilla, was fascinating and informative, in particular because she is an archaeologist and knows that written histories are usually slanted. Weight of evidence is discussed, as well as the fascinating and important historical context. Brava!
I really enjoyed this course. Livia Galante brings a lot of enthusiasm to her lectures. She clearly loves the subject matter and hopes we love it, too. The numerous slides outlining the course, showing maps, important points, and even portraits of the people under discussion were so helpful. With Livia, wife of the first emperor Octavian, Ms. Galente went out of her way to show us a real person through slides of her home and her gardens, so that she wasn't just a name. That actually carried across to all the women discussed. They weren't just dead Romans but actual people enmeshed in the lives of husbands and sons. I intend to read more on these fascinating women, and already have one book in hand and another on order. Okay ... so maybe there's one problem .... Ms. Galente tries very hard to speak English clearly, and you do get used to it. But I still missed some of what she was saying due to her accent. That is not enough to stop me from taking other of her lectures. Her enthusiasm and dedication more than make up for it.
Powerful presentation with Livia’s dramatic storytelling and always engaging with modern comparisons of today’s similar events.
A complex weave of historical events and "behind the scene" contributions by powerful Roman Women helped to build the Roman Empire, made interesting and engaging by Livia.