Livia And Augustus And Mary: A Comparative Analysis

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Livia and Augustus and William and Mary—ruling couples whose dynasties are separated by more than one thousand years and one thousand miles. Despite the time separating these two rulers, there are many similarities in the power dynamics of their relationship that unite them. Scholarly work has tended to focus on either the role each partner had in the ruling or how the two partners worked together. It is the purpose of this paper to compare and contrast the role each woman had in the operations of the government and how each woman was used as a tool for propagandistic purposes, focusing on how both influenced clemency, elevated their status beyond that of what was expected for an upper-class woman, their involvement in the religious life of
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