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Once she made it to Rome, her husband's ashes were interred at the. She achieved her ambitions for her son after her uncle Emperor took her as his third wife. Also, Messallina was apparently worried about Nero's popularity as a descendant of both Augustus and Germanicus, who was still fondly remembered. Gossip reported that her first target was the extremely wealthy and well-born Servius Sulpicius Galba, but he escaped Agrippina's matrimonial snares and survived to later succeed Nero as emperor. Tacitus claims that Nero considered poisoning or stabbing her, but felt these methods were too difficult and suspicious, so he settled on building a self-sinking boat. She already controlled much of imperial policy and had seen to it that her son would be heir to the throne. In Roman society, an uncle Claudius marrying his niece Agrippina was considered incestuous, and obviously immoral.

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How Empress Agrippina the Younger Scandalized Rome

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At that time, Clementia was considered a virtue of the ruling class, for only the powerful could give clemency. Towards the end of 54, Agrippina would order the murder of Silanus' eldest brother without Nero's knowledge, so that he would not seek revenge against her over his brother's death. Coins and inscriptions cannot act as a method of discerning her age, because her hairstyle remains unchanged in all the representations. Her father Germanicus was the nephew and designated heir of Augustus's successor Tiberius. In an example of Agrippina assuming auctoritas, he says: But throughout those days, a femina, mighty of spirit, donned the apparel of a , and she distributed clothing or bandages to the soldiers, whoever might be needy or suffering. It is difficult to assess the extent of Agrippina's achievements because of the.

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Julia Agrippina

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Claudius chose to adopt Nero because of his Julian and Claudian lineage. His reign represents a turning point in the history of the Principate for a number of reasons, not the least for the manner of his accession and the implications it carried for the nature of the office. Although he initially considered Agrippina's second cousin Germanicus a potential heir for a time, Livia convinced Augustus to adopt Tiberius, Livia's son from her first marriage with. Nero's inheritance was later restored after Claudius became Roman Emperor. In any case, after retrieving his oldest brother's ashes from the island of Ponti, Caligula sent Agrippina into exile there. Later that year, on 19 August, Augustus died while away in Campania.

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Agrippina the Younger Facts

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Stones used for the construction of the fortress were taken from various sources, including dismantled ancient buildings from the Byzantine period. An official report was sent to the senate: Her death had occurred when she made an attempt on his life, not he on hers. He and others of Agrippina's party in the court convinced Claudius that what he needed was Agrippina. The death of Claudius was particularly timely: he had survived long enough to award formal honors and recognition to Nero, who had used those years to make himself more popular and better known as well as simply becoming older and more qualified to rule. Messallina had favored sending Agrippina's sole surviving sister, Livilla, back into exile.

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Agrippina: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Early Empire

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She saw it her duty to compensate for the innumerable deficiencies of her strange husband through her own intelligence and strength of will. Thus, Nero was forced to call in a contingent from the navy to stab his mother in the bedroom of her villa. Her son Nero could be adopted to secure the survival of the dynasty, since Claudius's own son Britannicus was not past the high mortality years of childhood. Agrippina's funerary urn still survives. His father was called Tiberius Claudius Nero. From Brundisium, a escort was provided for her by the emperor in respect to her rank as the wife of a governor-general. If Tiberius had not felt jealous and uneasy earlier, he now had good cause for worry.

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Agrippina: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Early Empire

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Among the most broad of his portrayals is that of Agrippina. This colony was the only Roman colony to be named after a Roman woman. She began to denounce her son more and more in public, and soon made a nuisance of herself. In the autumn of 48 divorced unilaterally and married C. Agrippina undoubtedly retained childhood memories of the subsequent mistreatment suffered by her mother and older brothers at the hands of Emperor Tiberius, who was only a stepson of Augustus.

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Agrippina the Younger Biography

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So the Romans wandered next door to the Sabine peoples, abducted a load of their daughters and forcibly married them. So if you could all promise to enjoy the good bits and ignore the rest, I'd like that. Unfortunately for Nero, Agrippina was both canny and an excellent swimmer so he was forced to resort to low measures: sending a soldier to stab her. Prompted by Burrus and Seneca, stepped down to meet her and in this way turned aside her bid for symbolic joint leadership. She agitated against Nero constantly, setting up factions of senators still loyal to her and trying to use Britannicus as a threat against him.


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Agrippina the Younger, Age Thirteen

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The antiquity and longevity and reputation of the Claudii added a considerable weight to the new, military backed power that Julius Caesar had bequeathed to Augustus. Despite public outcry, Agrippina and Nero were declared public enemies hostes following a repeat of the accusations by the emperor. The ashes were brought to , from where they were carried up the Tiber and brought to the , from where equestrians placed them on briers to join the ashes of Germanicus in the mausoleum of Augustus. This is when Agrippina gained possession of his wealth, which was used in the continuation of her career. Agrippina and her sisters on a Roman coin with Caligula on the reverse Caligula started as a fair and wise ruler, but eventually something happened.

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