Agrippina: Sex, Power and Politics
By (author) Barrett
Agrippina: Sex, Power and Politics by Barrett
Book DescriptionAgrippina the Younger attained a level of power in first-century Rome unprecedented for a woman. According to ancient sources, she achieved her success by plotting against her brother, the emperor Caligula, murdering her husband, the emperor Claudius, and controlling her son, the emperor Nero, by sleeping with him. Modern scholars tend to accept this verdict. But in his dynamic biography-the first on Agrippina in English-Anthony Barrett paints a startling new picture of this influential woman. Drawing on the latest archaeological, numismatic, and historical evidence, Barrett argues that Agrippina has been misjudged. 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. After Agrippina's marriage to Claudius there was a marked decline in the number of judicial executions and there was close cooperation between the Senate and the emperor; the settlement of Cologne, founded under her aegis, was a model of social harmony; and the first five years of Nero's reign, while she was still alive, were the most enlightened of his rule. According to Barrett, Agrippina's one real failing was her relationship with her son, the monster of her own making who had her murdered in horrific and violent circumstances. Agrippina's impact was so lasting, however, that for some 150 years after her death no woman in the imperial family dared assume an assertive political role.
Buy Agrippina: Sex, Power and Politics book by Barrett from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780300078565
Classification: Biography: historical, political & military , European history , Ancient history: to c 500 CE
Format: Paperback (241mm x 159mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Customers who bought this also bought...
You might also like...
Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution by Rebecca L. Spang
Rebecca L. Spang, who revolutionized our understanding of the restaurant, has written a new history of money. It is also a new history of the French Revolution, with economics at its heart. In her telling, radicalization was driven by an ever-widening gap between political ideals--including "freedom of money"--and the harsh realities of daily life.
Resources of the Past in Early Medieval Europe by Clemens Gantner
Examines the use of the textual resources of the past to shape cultural memory in early medieval Europe.
Middle Ages by Johannes Fried
Johannes Fried gives us a Middle Ages full of people encountering the unfamiliar, grappling with new ideas, redefining power, and interacting with different societies--an era characterized by continuities and discontinuities, the vibrant expansion of knowledge, and an understanding of the growing complexity of the world.
Clergy in the Medieval World by Julia Barrow» View more books like these...
The first broad-ranging social history in English of the medieval secular clergy.
Books By Author Barrett
View all books by Barrett
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Agrippina: Sex, Power and Politics book by Barrett and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
© 2003-2014. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.