By Anthony A. Barrett
Agrippina the more youthful attained a degree of energy in first-century Rome unheard of for a girl. in line with old assets, she completed her good fortune by means of plotting opposed to her brother, the emperor Caligula, murdering her husband, the emperor Claudius, and controlling her son, the emperor Nero, via dozing with him. glossy students are likely to settle for this verdict. yet in his dynamic biography-the first on Agrippina in English-Anthony Barrett paints a startling new photo of this influential girl. Drawing at the most recent archaeological, numismatic, and old proof, Barrett argues that Agrippina has been misjudged. even if she used to be formidable, says Barrett, she made her approach via skill and backbone instead of through sexual attract, and her political contributions to her time appear to have been confident. After Agrippina's marriage to Claudius there has been a marked decline within the variety of judicial executions and there has been shut cooperation among the Senate and the emperor; the cost of Cologne, based lower than her aegis, was once a version of social concord; and the 1st 5 years of Nero's reign, whereas she was once nonetheless alive, have been the main enlightened of his rule. in response to Barrett, Agrippina's one genuine failing used to be her dating together with her son, the monster of her personal making who had her murdered in terrible and violent situations. Agrippina's impression was once so lasting, despite the fact that, that for a few a hundred and fifty years after her loss of life no girl within the imperial relatives dared imagine an assertive political function.
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29 The ‘Julia affair’ is highly relevant to any account of Agrippina’s career, since she would similarly be exiled in 39 under circumstances that recall those of her grandmother’s. The details of both cases are murky. The sources place great emphasis on the moral aspect of Julia’s conduct and Tacitus comments on the excessive punishment meted out to her, observing that Augustus overstepped the mild penalties of earlier times and even the penalties prescribed by his own laws in classing sexual misconduct as sacrilege and treason.
Drusus had also made a successful first marriage, to the worthy Antonia the Younger, daughter of Marc Antony and Augustus’ sister Octavia. They produced three children: Germanicus, 17 FAMILY father of Agrippina, destined to be the most admired man in the Roman world, Claudius, destined to astonish the world and become emperor, and Livilla, destined to become notorious as mistress of the wicked Sejanus. While Tiberius was engaged in subduing Pannonia, Drusus conducted a celebrated campaign in Germany.
6 Like some of the republican women before her, Livia became extremely rich, with financial interests in Italy, estates in Asia minor and Egypt, and mines in Gaul. Burrus, the famous prefect of the praetorian guard during Agrippina’s ascendancy, was procurator of one of Livia’s estates. Rank certainly had its privileges and she would have had complete freedom in the administration of her wealth, since she received the exemption from guardianship granted under her husband’s moral legislation to those worthy ladies who had, unlike Livia, actually borne three children.
Agrippina: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Early Empire (Roman Imperial Biographies) by Anthony A. Barrett