When she was about sixteen she married Tiberius Claudius Nero. It is said that on meeting her, Octavian fell instantly in love. He divorced his wife, Scribonia,* and caused Livia to divorce as well and then married her three days after she gave birth to her second son. Octavian adopted both of her sons and in 35 BCE, did something unheard of: he gave her a separate household of her own. When he died, Octavian left one third of his property to her in his will and stipulated that she be adopted into the Julian family and granted the title of Augusta. Her political status remained high, so much so that her son Tiberius began to resent her for it. After she died, he vetoed all honors the Senate voted for her. It was only when her grandson Claudius became emperor that she was deified and her honors restored.
[Livia Drusilla dressed as Ops (a fertility goddess), 1st century CE]
[Source: Wikimedia Commons]
*On the day she gave birth to his only child, no less.
**As a historian he has been called the National Enquirer of the Roman world. You’d think he would have jumped on an accusation of murder.