I think I now know what young Octavian (recently having changed his name to Caesar) must have felt when he came across the striking, and married to an opponent of the heir to Rome, beauty of Livia Drusilla: (This bust was made after Tiberius ascension when Livia would’ve been between 72-87 years old #hotmom) Whether due to her beauty, the fact that she was known for her virtue or that I’ve just read far to much of the individuals and circumstances I just cannot subscribe to the rumors that she had anything to do with the wild “slay” ride that led to her awkward son Tiberius becoming the second Augustus. Nor do I believe for a second that she killed her ailing hubby at his very advanced age to make way for Tibs. You can save that nonsense for the folks that think COVID will be gone by Easter. All that silliness aside, who was she and where did she come from? Sadly, and due to her, well, being a her, there is little known of her early on. We do know she was Born January 30 (same birthday as my dad), in either 59 or 58 BCE (close to the same year as my dad). Her family, the Claudians, had been a well connected family with plenty of old ties into the deep republican past. Those connections and her beauty must have been mighty attractive for a man in the rise. One hitch though, her father had already married her to Tiberius Claudius Nero. A bit of a dupe who had sided with Marc Antony against the future Augustus. He was eventually exiled and had to flee Rome to Greece with wife Livia and even baby Tiberius in tow! Eventually allowed to come back to Rome. Leading to the encounter between a young man and woman that would change world history. Like so many celebs nowadays, once Octavian hit the big time he traded in his old wife to land him a Livia. She was just too fine for that doofus she was with anyway. So, even while pregers with her second son via her current husband, Livia divorced him to marry Caesar (Augustus) to later become Julia Augusta (not to be confused with Augustus only daughter, Julia). The mother of her nation, most powerful woman of her time and one of the most influential woman of all time. (Yeah, she was kind of a big deal) Due to her immense popularity there are many wonderful images and coins celebrating the “Romana Princips” covering a long period in time. One group that I’ve found particularly appealing are the ones of her as the personification of various goddesses. Without further ado, my latest show stopper is of Julia Augusta as the goddess Justia. Who we refer to nowadays as “Lady Justice”: Livia, wife of Augustus (died in 29 AD). AE As, struck under Tiberius, 22-23 AD. D / Diademed and draped bust of Livia (as Justitia) right; IVSTITIA below. R / TI CAESAR DIVI F AVG PM TR POT XXIIII around large SC. RIC (Tib.) 46. AE. g. 13.18 mm. 29.00 R. Rare. Dark green patina. F. Ex Artemide Aste Renowned far and wide, here she is in all her glory on coinage from Egypt: Livia Æ23 of Alexandria, Egypt. Year 41 (= AD 11/12). Draped bust r. / Oak-wreath enclosing date. RPC 5061. 10.04g, 24mm Here is a coin giving homage to the passing of Rome’s First Lady issued by her son: Livia as Julia Augusta Æ Sestertius. Rome, AD 22. Decorated carpentum drawn r. by two mules / Legend around large S •, RIC Tiberius 51. 23.1g, 36mm, 9h. Brass-brown tone Please post your coins of the original Augusta, your favorite Augusta or whatever personified your gods and goddesses!