Anthony A. BARRETT, Agrippina, Mother of Nero. Londres, Batsford, 1 vol. 16 χ 24 cm, XXI p., 19 fig. Prix: 25 £. ISBN Evil and. In this study, the author uses the latest numismatic, historical and archaeological evidence to reveal the true character behind the legend of Agrippina and to. : Agrippina: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Early Empire ( ): Anthony A. Barrett: Books.

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Barrett has made a remarkably lucid contribution to the understanding of Agrippina’ s role in Roman society. Eventually, they do something so evil that there’s no going back. The lesson of her fate was not lost on women of later dynasties, none of whom ever again tried to claim the official status of coregent. Claudius seemed to have snthony less opposition in the latter part of his principate than he had done earlier. Aug 02, Hazelpeanutz rated it it was amazing.

Other editions – View all Agrippina: Whatever the true details of the first, unsuccessful effort, however, Agrippina’s survival of the shipwreck forced Nero to give up any effort to disguise the murder, and to act openly.

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Barrett No preview available – Although she was ambitious, says Barrett, she made her way through ability and determination rather than by sexual allure, and her political contributions to her time seem to have been positive. This is likely to be the only biography of Agrippina in English for a long time because it is well-written and the subject is so obscure.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Ten brief appendices, finally, address problems of chronology and prosopography that are important and relevant, but that would have interrupted the coherence of the narrative had they been discussed in the main text.

Barrett acquits Tacitus of misogyny but finds him guilty of sloppily prejudiced thinking: Levick, Claudius New Haven: There is a family tree at the start of the book — it is quite confusing should have been placed in several pages, given all the overlaps among prominent families but thank heavens it is there, as I relied on that, and my memories of watching “I, Claudius” in childhood, to keep track of the people discussed.


But the modern biographer has to work with what is transmitted, and Agri;pina must say that A. He shows how Agrippina’s political contribution to her ajthony seems in fact to have been Preview — Agrippina by Anthony A. Feb 16, James Miller rated it really liked it. As for Agrippina’ s marriage to Claudius, it is plausibly argued that she worked harmoniously with the emperor, bringing political stability and tranquility to the government after the traumatic Messalina years.

Barrett was certainly the right person to write this book, erudite in scholarship, witty and gripping in style. Modern scholars tend to accept this verdict.

Agrippina’s impact was so lasting, however, that for some years after her death no woman in the imperial family dared assume an assertive political role. Though, of course, A.

This book actually starts off a little hard to follow and gets bogged down in details of obscure family members, but after that, things really click.

We went to bed. Paperbackpages. Much of this is because of the distractions Barrett tells the story of Agrippina: Barrert thus got rid of potential opponents without making unnecessary enemies. Barrett draws on the latest archaeological, numismatic, and historical evidence to create a startling new picture of this influential and misjudged Aug ageippina, Penny rated it liked it.

As is well agrippima, after the mysterious shipwreck episode on anthoony bay of Baiae, Agrippina was soon assassinated at Bauli, in the luxurious villa once owned by Hortensius Hortalus. Firstly, this is very dense reading.

It has various sections to be purloined for A-Level students and to add to other projects. Therefore, any reference to her father was most advantageous to Agrippina when she created new and lasting alliances with a number of important senators and, in particular, with the Praetorian guard.

I must say, Barrett really doesn’t make his case.

In agrippins preface, Barrett observes that the lives of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder, the parents of his two most recent subjects, would merit historical monographs in their own right, raising the possibility that such studies may be forthcoming. A ninth chapter provides a thorough critique of the available sources, including not only the literary record but sculpture, gems, inscriptions and coins. Also, Barrett is not great at telling a chronological story. The stereotype also contains inherent contradictions: We know that Caligula was an awful emperor, for example, but what were the impacts on the empire politically, militarily, economically?


One of history’s most notorious monsters is rehabilitated as a politically successful woman whose power and reputation in first-century Rome fell victim to Roman sexism. I don’t know that I like Agrippina, anthonny I feel like I understood her better and could start to see why she and her son did not get along as well as many might have expected.

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

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Modern scholars tend to accept bsrrett verdict. Rachel rated it really liked it Jul 25, Over the past twelve years, Yale University Press has issued a series of biographies of the Julio-Claudian emperors, all distinguished by both their rigorous scholarship and their readability for general audiences.

Ironically, however, the tragic denouement of the conflict between Agrippina and Nero, one of the most agrippiina and notorious incidents recorded in Roman history, is not at all well understood. Dan rated it it was amazing Jun 01, The book is organized in chapters approaching Agrippina in her role as the daughter of a popular prince Germanicusthe sister of an emperor Caligulathe niece and wife of another emperor Claudiusand the mother of yet another Nero.