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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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All of his children benefitted from this public affection, but only Agrippina had the skill to take full advantage of it, using it among other things to forge alliances with sympathetic members of the Senate and, even more importantly, the Praetorian guard, agrippia remained adamantly loyal to her to the end of her life.

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Barrett RoutledgeJan 4, – History – pages 0 Reviews https: Drawing on the latest archaeological, numismatic, and historical evidence, Barrett argues that Agrippina has been misjudged.

Evil and merciless, perverse and corrupt by nature: The clock ticked another half hour by. Selected pages Title Page. It’s a little dense in places – it agrippna isn’t the mass-market book that it appears to want to be.

The Index would certainly be easier to consult if most of the names had been consistently arranged by the gentile name.

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In anthoby respect, Barrett acknowledges that Agrippina was the product of her society: One of the merits of the book is the thorough analysis of the stereotypical description of women such as Livia, Messalina and Agrippina in ancient historiography. The fact remains that any reader with anthonj interest in the history of Roman women, or of the Roman imperial system, whether scholar or interested layman, will find this biography indispensible. But the modern biographer has to work with what is transmitted, and I must say that A.


Nov 23, Ubiquitousbastard rated it liked it Shelves: Nonetheless, their public anhhony, which generally attempted to present them as avatars of feminine virtue and “family values” no matter how incongruously inaccurate these claimsas well as the stereotypes through which hostile historians condemn them, can aagrippina us much of what was and was not expected of a Roman woman.

There are so many different names and relations and Roman terms that it is very slow going, while keeping the relations straight is next to impossible without constant reference to family trees.

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

Contact Contact Us Help. Barrett will parse the historians at length, discussing their biases and whether or not they are paying attention to the evidence, and anthonj immediately goes on to make sweeping statements, e. He studied at the Universities of Oxford, Durham and Toronto and has written extensively in the field of classical antiquity. Unnati Rennie rated it really barrettt it Mar 25, Moreover, as a technical detail, the professional reader will not be content with the way inscriptions are printed in the list of sources wgrippina.

Book titles OR Journal titles. Barrett impresses readers again by capturing the life of this remarkable woman: Tacitus, to his credit, is aware of some of these contradictions, and attempts to explain them away: Here follow a couple of minor observations: That Agrippina was a woman in a monarchical structure where the involvement of women in politics was a very rare occurrence has certainly not improved her position in the eyes of later critics.


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The way she made use of the system of rotations and promotions ensured that the Praetorians remained amthony to herself and her son. Barrett points out that since Nero did not marry Poppaea until three years after his mother’s death, Agrippina’s opposition to that relationship does not make a very convincing motive for the murder. In his 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.

The descriptions of the shipwreck in Tacitus, however, are garbled and contradictory: This scheme is appropriate because at anthhony time a woman’s sphere of operations, even in the case of an empress, was largely defined by those subordinate roles. Dan rated it it was amazing Jun 01, Paperbackpages. Historians are obliged by the nature of their craft to proceed by weighing the balance of probabilities – and good historians are those who evaluate the available evidence with skill, insight, and impartiality.