The following is the first general book on Antonia Augusta in any language. As the daughter of Mark Antony, mother of Claudius, grandmother of Caligula and great-grandmother of Nero, Antonia is a supremely significant figure in Roman history. The most influential Roman matron of her time - all of her life was spent very close to the seat of power in the new monarchy - her life and career have important bearings on contemporary perceptions of the position of Roman women.

This book examines the way in which the figure of Antonia is reflected and made visible to us through a great variety of archaeological evidence. It demonstrates how materials such as inscriptions, papyri, coins and sculpture, can be used in the study of individual personalities in antiquity. The literary sources are supplemented and corrected so that Antonia’s dramatic life and its bearing on the lives of those close to her, are presented from new perspectives. Important material is thus presented about the position of women in Roman society; the degree of freedom they could exercise in making moral choices; their control of property and their direct influence on public life.

Antonia Augusta has long warranted a full historical and archaeological treatment. This book now provides such a treatment, which at a different level has been described by Professor Fergus Millar as “a significant contribution to the understanding of the early Empire itself”. Fergus Millar has written a three-page foreword to this book.

Nikos Kokkinos, Antonia Augusta: Portrait of a Great Roman Lady, London/New York: Routledge, 1992 (Hb). ISBN 0-415-08029-0. 22.5 x 14.5 cm. xviii +254 pp. frontispiece + 111 illus. (photos, line drawings, maps, plans, tables & family trees).


List of illustrations

Foreword by Fergus Millar



1. Antonia in History

2. The Inscriptions of Antonia

3. The Papyri of Antonia

4. The Coins and Tokens of Antonia

5. Antonia in Sculpture

6. Antonia and Minor Arts

7. Antonia and Architecture


Registers of Material



(A) Abbreviations and Primary Sources

(B) Secondary Sources

(C) A Selection of Uncited Bibliography


Reviews of Antonia Augusta in academic journals include the following:

Greece and Rome 39 (1992), 241 (by Th. Wiedemann)

L’Antiquité Classique 62 (1993), 253 (by M.-Th. Raepsaet-Charlier)

Echos du Monde Classique/Classical Views 38 (1994), 435-438 (by S. Treggiari)

The Classical Review 44 (1994), 129-130 (by B. Campbell)

Historische Zeitschrift 259 (1994), 770-771 (by D. Kienast)

The Classical World 88 (1994), 144-145 (by T. Watkins)

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 5.3 (1994), 222-225 (by G. Rowe) - this review can be read online, please go to:

Arctos 29 (1995), 212-213 (by Ch. Bruun)

Gnomon 96 (1996), 172-173 (by P. Herz)

Latomus 55 (1996), 230-231 (by M. Cebeillac Gervasoni)

Paperback Edition (2002)

Nikos Kokkinos, Antonia Augusta: Portrait of a Great Roman Lady, London: Libri Publications, 2002 (Pb). ISBN 1-901965-5-8. 13.75 x 21.50 cm. xix + 290 pp. frontispiece + 111 illust. (photos, line drawings, maps, plans, tables & family trees).

This includes a substantial new chapter (over 13,000 words) discussing reactions to the book and updating the evidence.  For a typescript copy of it online, please go to:

For a review of the paperback edition available online, please go to: