Domina, Season 1 (2021), with Christina Hotalen

We continue our survey of ancient Rome on the small screen with our review of the first season of the British-Italian historical drama television series, Domina. Joined by special guest, Christina Hotalen, we dig into this re-re-envisioning of Rome’s most infamous first lady, Livia Drusilla. We talk feminist retellings, history vs. narrative and the best ways to dispose of a body ca. 23 BCE.

You can find images from Christina’s dissertation project, “Embodying the Empire: Imperial Women and the Evolution of Succession Ideologies in the Third Century,” here.

Book VI - Television
Domina, Season 1 (2021), with Christina Hotalen