Tiberius on Capri
Tiberius on Capri

We all know that there were quite a number of bad girls in the Empire – and here’s the TOP 10 and a few runners-up! While we have many contenders, it remains remarkable that no less than six of them, Claudia Livia Julia (usually called Livilla), Julia Livia (sometimes called Julia Drusi Caesaris filia, daughter of Drusus Caesar), Julia Agrippina the Younger, Claudia Octavia, Julia the Elder, and Livia Drusilla (also called Julia Augusta), all came from a single family and all lived within one extended century (58 BC to AD 68), at the same time as Valeria Messalina, Poppaea Sabina the Younger and Poppaea Sabina the Elder, her mother.

Passion, poison and perversion abounded …

One may reasonably doubt whether a more murderous, licentious and scandalous breed existed in the annals of mankind, and they certainly matched the infamous males of the clan – the respective emperors of the age, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. Sexual perversion, treason and poisoning are only a few example of their human fallacies. We are horrified!

We include the following links – with the urgent admonition to ignore them -wholesale and forever – for the sake of morality and perhaps your eternal soul. Read at your own peril!

Poppea brings the Head of Claudia Octavia to Nero, by G. Muzzioli (1876)


Featuring: Theodora, Faustina the Younger, Fulvia Flacca Bambula


Featuring: Julia the Elder, Valeria Messalina, Claudia Livia JuliaCleopatra


Featuring: Poppaea Sabina the Younger, Julia Agrippina the Younger, Livia Drusilla

Orgia by Édouard Henri Avril
Orgia by Édouard Henri Avril

But if you were curious and DID peek, send us a comment on the debauchery you witnessed! Gory details welcome!

Venus in the Gardens of Lucullus

(© John Vincent Palatine 2019)

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