By Anthony A. Barrett

ISBN-10: 0203012356

ISBN-13: 9780203012352

During this dynamic new biography - the 1st on Agrippina in English - Professor Barrett makes use of the most recent archaeological, numismatic and old facts to supply an in depth and specified research of her existence and occupation. He indicates how Agrippina's political contribution to her time turns out actually to were confident, and that once she is judged via her achievements she calls for admiration. Revealing the real determine in the back of the propaganda and the political machinations of which she was once able, he assesses the impression of her marriage to the emperor Claudius, at the nation and her relations. eventually, he uncovered her one genuine failing - her courting together with her son, the monster of her personal making to whom, in awful and violent conditions, she could ultimately fall victim.

From Library Journal
Classics pupil Barrett (Caligula, S. & S., 1991) has utilized glossy historiography to the topic of 1 of the main well-known, quite, notorious ladies of the traditional world?the daughter of Germanicus, sister of Caligula, spouse of Claudius, and mom of Nero, who ultimately killed her. He doesn't exonerate Agrippina the more youthful (15-59 A.D.) quite a bit as supply believable motives for her habit and placed her activities in a formal point of view. His chapters are cleverly, insightfully prepared round her relationships; yet regardless of capability repetition with this structure, he avoids leaving such familial impressions with the reader. Barrett works from the basis that during a monarchical patriarchy the single venues to strength for the formidable girl have been extralegal. Agrippina's tale is a story of the 1st century of the empire, from the adoption of Octavius to the various bills of her sensational demise. this can be a tremendous booklet, with copious notes and appendixes. good steered for educational libraries with classics and women's reviews collections.?Clay G. Williams, Ferris kingdom Univ., tremendous Rapids, Mich.
Copyright 1996 Reed company details, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews
One of history's so much infamous monsters is rehabilitated as a politically winning girl whose energy and attractiveness in first-century Rome fell sufferer to Roman sexism. Barrett (Classics/Univ. of British Columbia; Caligula, 1990) starts off with a short historical past of strong Roman girls earlier than Agrippina, together with her great-grandmother Livia, spouse of the 1st Roman emperor, Augustus. a lot of this part is overly commonly used, analyzing from time to time like a recap of I, Claudius. yet this historical past earnings value as soon as Agrippina the more youthful makes her visual appeal. Barrett persuasively argues that Roman chroniclers have been not able to determine Agrippina or her predecessors other than during the stereotype of the politically formidable lady: a seductive poisoner without experience of ethical bounds. by way of conscientiously weighing the old checklist, making an allowance for the distorting strength of misogynist folklore, the writer disputes such commonplaces because the concept that Agrippina murdered her husband, Claudius, and slept together with her son Nero. His Agrippina is a politically adroit consensus-builder whose impression over emperors contributed to the main enlightened parts in their reigns. Her diplomatic ability falters in basic terms within the dealing with of her teenage son--a miscalculation that ends up in her execution in fifty four a.d. on his orders. That Agrippina's homicide was once celebrated as a simply comeuppance demonstrates the patience of the ``age-old resentment of robust and impressive women.'' notwithstanding Barrett attracts no modern analogies, the reader may perhaps simply achieve this. regardless of the high-mindedness of his primary topic, the writer is usually alert to the pleasures of ``juicy anecdote[s]'' (such as Agrippina's meant incest along with her brother Caligula), and recounts them in complete, if basically to discredit them. A scholarly but available biography that principally succeeds in exchanging Grand Guignol with whatever extra pleasing: the tragedy of a common chief born lady in a society afraid to be led via ladies. (illustrations, no longer visible) (History e-book membership choice) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus affiliates, LP. All rights reserved.

'The Most worthy a part of the e-book is the stock of resource fabric on the finish the place not just the extra regular literary facts is catalogued however the cash, statues and inscriptions that includes Agrippina.' - Miriam Griffin, historical past Today

About the Author
Anthony Barrett is Professor of Classics on the college of British Columbia in Vancouver. He studied on the Universities of Oxford, Durham and Toronto and has written generally within the box of classical antiquity.

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15 In fact it was mainly the awareness of her descent from Augustus that would fuel the political ambitions of Agrippina. The prospect of her becoming, by virtue of this descent, ruler in her own right was never a serious one. This was not possible for a woman. 16 The Julian link did, however, give Agrippina a near-mystical status and would provide a powerful basis for the claims that were made on behalf of her son. To avoid the conflict that would be inevitable if powerful noble families competed for power, Augustus may have thought it desirable for the succession to fall to someone from his own kin.

She would barely have known her father – she was not yet five when she last saw him – but she was always conscious of his almost mystical reputation, and of the compelling magic of his name. She could hardly have felt otherwise, since she spent her formative years with a mother who was obsessed by the notion that her family was born to rule and that her husband, endowed by nature to be an outstanding princeps, had been cheated of his proper birthright. Although the evidence indicates that Agrippina the Elder and Germanicus were a devoted couple, they could not have been more different in temperament and personality.

Fulvia 11 BACKGROUND joined him there, and, according to the tradition, girded a sword, issued the watchword, harangued the troops and held councils of war with senators and knights. This is the kind of behaviour that evoked special dread in republican writers, and in critics of Agrippina and of her mother – the presumption of a woman who would seek to command the loyalty of the troops. The writer Florus describes her as gladio cincta virilis militiae (‘girt with the sword of a man’s [or, her husband’s] campaign’).

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