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On Augustus falling in love with Livia, see Cassius Dio, 48.34.
Cassius Dio, 72.29; Historia Augusta (Marcus Aurelius), 19.1–9; Historia Augusta (Verus), 10.1.
This may not sound like the most lavish elegy, but according to Cassius Dio, Hadrian simply meant “Her requests were of such a character that they neither burdened me nor afforded me any justification for opposing them.”
On the Lex Papia Poppaea of 9, which curbed the inheritance rights of women with fewer than three children, with a handful of special exceptions, including Livia herself, see Cassius Dio, 55.2.5–6.
From the planting of the letter to the enlistment of the centurions, the whole episode had in fact been stage-managed by Caracalla, according to the account of Cassius Dio.
Cassius Dio himself was delighted to be awarded his second consulship, the reward of which concluded his history of the period.
Cassius Dio, though, gives her no credit, claiming that it was the brainchild of a pair of Emesene family friends named Eutychianus and Gannys.
According to the detailed account of Cassius Dio, the imperial family had just gone into dinner that evening when three centurions arrived at the palace in possession of a letter apparently containing a warrant to kill Severus and Caracalla.
Cassius Dio reports that her inner turmoil gave way to wild thoughts of attempting to seize power herself before she resorted to her original plan of starving herself.
On Agrippa owning a house in the region, see Cassius Dio, 54.28.2.
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