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Five. nine) (Macrobius, Saturnalia) Agrippa died in 12 bce, and Augustus then prepared for Julia to be married to Livia’s son Tiberius, even though he used to be already married to a daughter of Agrippa, with one baby and one other anticipated (Suetonius, “The Deified Augustus” sixty three. 1–2, sixty four. 1). Suetonius defined Tiberius’ misery at his imposed divorce. “… he was once pressured to divorce [Vipsania] and marry Julia, daughter of Augustus, in brief order. This he did without small quantity of psychological affliction, either simply because he was once hooked up to his courting with [Vipsania] Agrippina and since he disapproved of the behavior of Julia, considering he had saw that she was once after him even whereas her final husband was once alive – whatever that was once in reality widely believed. After the divorce he grieved over the separation from [Vipsania] Agrippina, and on one social gathering whilst he observed her by accident he her with a glance so satisfied and so tearful that they took care that she by no means back got here into his sight. ” (Suetonius, “Tiberius” 7. 2) Julia’s 3rd marriage used to be an unsatisfied one. Tiberius deserted Rome for Rhodes, staying for seven years and leaving Julia on my own within the urban. within the 12 months 134 WOM E N I N A NC I E N T ROM E 2 ce, Augustus might now not forget about her sexual laxity. Seneca echoes the record of numerous others who recorded the tricky choice the princeps felt obliged to make, to punish his daughter in accordance with his personal laws opposed to adultery. “The deified Augustus despatched into exile his daughter, unchaste past the curse of unchastity, and made public the scandals of the imperial loved ones: that she had accredited adulterers in swarms, that she had roamed throughout the urban together with her nightly revelling; that the discussion board itself and the rostra from which her father had carried the legislations opposed to adultery had acceptable his daughter for debauchery; that there have been a regular flocking to the statue of Marsyas, whilst she became from adultery to prostitution and sought the correct to each type of licence with any unknown adulterer. infrequently in a position to regulate his rage he had made public those scandals that needed to be punished through the princeps but additionally must have been saved quiet, inasmuch because the shame of a few misdemeanours additionally activates the one that punishes them. Later, while with time passing embarrassment had his rage, groaning that he had now not suppressed in silence what he were blind to for therefore lengthy until eventually it have been shameful to talk out, he frequently cried out ‘none of this may have occurred to me if both Agrippa or Maecenas were alive! ’ ” (Seneca, De Beneficiis 6. 32) Tacitus offers the main points of Julia’s punishment and documents her loss of life after Tiberius got here to energy. “In a similar yr (14 ce) Julia died; your time sooner than she were imprisoned via her father for her shameful behaviour at the island of Pandateria after which within the city of the Regini who dwell via the Sicilian strait. She have been married to Tiberius while her sons Gaius and Lucius have been within the top in their lifestyles, yet she had despised him as being underneath her.

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