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Title: Julia Domna: Syrian Empress
Author: Levick, Barbara
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780415331432
Volumes: 1; Pages: 288
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This book covers Julia's life, and charts her travels throughout the Empire from Aswan to York during a period of profound upheaval, seeking the truth about this woman who inspired such extreme and contrasting views, exposing the instability of our sources about her, and characterizing a sympathetic, courageous, intelligent, and important woman.
This book contains a fresh reassessment of the one of the most significant figures of her time and questions:
Was Julia more powerful than earlier empresses?
Did she really promote despotism?
How seriously is her literary circle to be taken?
As part of a dynasty which used force and violence to preserve its rule, she was distrusted by its subjects; as a Syrian, she was the object of prejudice; as a woman with power, she was resented. On the other hand, Domna was the centre of a literary circle considered highly significant by nineteenth-century admirers.