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The Exiles of the Younger Julia, D. Junius Silanus, and the poet Ovid

Andrew Pettinger

in The Republic in Danger

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199601745
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741524 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601745.003.0008

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Chapter Seven offers a new explanation for the treatment of the younger Julia, D. Junius Silanus and Ovid in AD 8 — a popular topic for scholars. It is shown that their punishment was not related to either the relegation of Agrippa or the conviction of Julia’s husband, L. Aemilius Paullus. The affair was not political, but moral. This chapter re-considers the evidence, and posits that Julia and Silanus were in a relationship, possibly marriage, a circumstance which, when it became known, infuriated Augustus. Ovid was punished for having knowledge of the affair. To explain Julia’s harsh treatment, a radical solution is proposed: Julia had been adopted by Augustus.

Keywords: Julia; D. Junius Silanus; Ovid; relegation; Augustus

Chapter.  4979 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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