Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome (1) British documentary series from 2013 Genre: Documentary This episode: Professor Catharine Edwards explores the story of the remarkable Livia, wife of Emperor Augustus, and a woman whose influence was felt across the Roman world for over 60 years. Ancient Rome was a fearsomely patriarchal society - women had no vote and had few legal rights. But at the highest level, they certainly didn't lack influence. Professor Catharine Edwards explores the stories of women who tasted power in the Roman Empire, beginning with the wife of Emperor Augustus and mother of Tiberius - Livia. She also explains that imperial women who lacked perfect political judgement would become not leaders, but victims.