We all know that there were quite a number of bad girls in the Empire – and here’s the Top Ten and a few runners-up! While the competition is crowded, 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, the only daughter of Augustus [read her post on this Blog], and Livia Drusilla (also called Julia Augusta), all came from a single family and all lived within one century (58 BC to AD 68), at the same time as the famous Valeria Messalina [read her post on this Blog], Poppaea Sabina the Younger and Poppaea Sabina the Elder, her mother.

The famous Messalina by Eugène Cyrille Brunet
The famous Messalina by Eugène Cyrille Brunet
La Reine Bacchanale by Fritz Zuber-Buhler (1822-1896)
La Reine Bacchanale by Fritz Zuber-Buhler (1822-1896)

Passion, poison and perversion abounded …

Cornelis van Haarlem - Before the Deluge
Cornelis van Haarlem – Before the Deluge

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 examples of their human fallacies.

Tiberius on Capri
Tiberius on Capri

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.

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

https://blogs.transparent.com/latin/the-top-ten-scandalous-women-of-ancient-romepart-i/

Numbers 10 to 8, featuring: Theodora, Faustina the Younger, Fulvia Flacca Bambula

Fulvia With the Head of Cicero by Pavel Svedomsk
Fulvia With the Head of Cicero by Pavel Svedomsk

https://blogs.transparent.com/latin/the-top-ten-scandalous-women-of-ancient-rome-part-ii/

Numbers 7 to 4, featuring: Julia the Elder, Valeria Messalina, Claudia Livia JuliaCleopatra

https://blogs.transparent.com/latin/the-top-ten-scandalous-women-in-ancient-romefinale/

And the top three, 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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