Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 5 Episode 20

Livia (1)

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 01, 2000 on



  • Trivia

    • This episode takes place 25 years after the previous episode.

    • This episode marks the first apperence of William Gregory Lee as Virgil and Adrienne Wilkinson as Livia/Eve.

    • This episode marks the second time Xena's fought in Rome's Amphitheatre. The first time was in the third season episode "When in Rome...".

    • There is no mention of Octavius/Augustus after this episode. The next episode to include a Roman Emperor, "The God You Know", used Caligula, skipping Tiberius entirely. The Archangel Michael does mention that Caligula murdered Tiberius, however, so he was credited with at least a short reign in the Xenaverse.

    • The music played when Joxer reunites with Xena and Gabrielle is the same music that played in "Tsunami" at the end when Xena and Gabrielle reunite on shore.

    • Goof: During the fight between Xena and Livia, Livia goes for a leg sweep. Xena doesn't jump until after Livia has clearly missed.

    • We learn that Joxer and Meg are now married and have several children.

    • Nitpick: The dagger Livia threw at Xena spun the wrong direction for Livia's underhanded throw.

  • Quotes

    • Octavius: I see the years haven't robbed you of your..stealth
      Xena: No, just my daughter.

    • Xena: You'd condemn to death a women, you claim to love?
      Area: No. But I'd condemn her daughter.

    • Meg: You know what? Shorty, you kind of look like her. Only Gabrielle wasn't so butch.

    • Xena: (to Ares, seeing him kissing her daughter) If you were mortal, I'd cut out your heart!

    • Gabrielle: Xena, You're right. Whatever turned Eve, we can turn her back. Like mother, like daughter.

    • Woman: Beg pardon, but, uh, Ares hasn't been seen in these parts since the legendary Xena died about, oh, 25 years ago.
      Xena: 25 years?!

    • Ares: For 25 years, I thought Xena was dead. And now she shows up, not one day older. I had to kiss her, make sure she was real, not an impostor.

  • Notes

    • Gabrielle's horse is now gone (but doesn't get a mention in the episode like Argo). Renee O'Connor commented in the fan club newsletter, "The poor guy never got a name."

    • When casting Virgil, they almost picked someone else, and if they had the character would have been imbued with more of Joxer's "sweet dumbness". But Greg was deemed to be too sharp for that, so they took the character in another direction.

    • When creating Livia's battle cry, Adrienne Wilkinson tried to come up with a sound that was both similar to Xena and Callisto.

    • In the original script there is a scene between Meg and Joxer where Meg openly worries that Joxer is leaving her for his old love, but getting Lucy into the make-up prostheses took so much time they didn't film it.

    • Virgil's original name was Jeric, since Joxer's family all had "J" names, but they decided to incorporate his character with the famous poet.

    • They considered having Hudson Leick play the part of Eve, but rejected it as too confusing for casual viewers.

    • About 15 minutes was cut from this episode.

    • DISCLAIMER: Due to an over indulgence of Bean and Bard Burgers, Meg's gastro-intestinal problem intensified during the production of this motion picture.

  • Allusions

    • The Roman Empire was loyal to the Greek Gods, only they took them over and made them their own, renaming them with Roman names and adding to various myths. Roman mythology focused much less on the stories of the Gods, and instead focused on the relationships between the Gods. For example, if you asked a Greek about Demeter, he might tell you the story of her grief at Persephone's abduction. A Roman, on the other hand, might tell you about all the minor Gods who attended Ceres (the Roman name for Demeter).

    • Eve's Roman name was a salute to Empress Livia, played by Sian Phillips in the miniseries I, Claudius and Livia, the mother of Tony Soprano.

    • The famous Roman poet Virgil used the line "Fortune favors the brave" in the Aeneid, the story of the founding of Rome. He thrived during the reign of Augustus and was one of the Emperor's favorites.

    • In reality, Augustus did marry Livia, but Livia was not a warrior. She was already married to another man and pregnant with his child when Augustus ordered him to divorce her so that he could marry her himself. The BBC made a miniseries based on Robert Graves' book I, Claudius, and the Livia of that series was evil, manipulative, and deadly with poisons.