Agrippina the Younger Essay

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Personality Agrippina The Younger Historical Context Roman Social and political structures Imperial Family Emperor From the time of Augustus, exercised total control over * Political * Military * Economic * Religious affairs Family Members of the Juio-Claudian family enjoyed considerable power and influence Upper Classes Consular Came from noble families – senators who had achieved office of consul and were respected because of their experience and authority Senators Membership was hereditary and limited to those with property qualification of one million sesterces Equestrians Member was based on property qualification of 400 000 sesterces. Their wealth was gained through public office, trade and…show more content…
ed Brundisum DESTRUCTION OF THE FAMILY OF AGRIPPINA THE ELDER AD 24 – 29 Sejanus worked at destroying Agrippina the Elder Agrippina the Younger would’ve only been 13 Attacks began on her friends and relations to begin including * C Suilius – committed suicide before trial * Sosia Galla – was exiled * Claudia Pulchra – sentence is unknown but most likely banishment Agrippina was furious Apparently she burst in on Tiberius to remonstrate about the affair when he was making a sacrifice to the deified Augustus Due to Agrippina not being married her power and position is uncertain Sejanus turned his attack against Agrippina and Nero 27 proceedings accused of insubordination and homosexuality “the events that led to her downfall, which happened alongside that of her son Nero, are extremely difficult to disentangle and contradictory versions have come down in the sources” Barrett Nero was declared a public enmy and exiled to the island of Pontia committed suicide in AD 31 Drusus was declared hostis and imprisoned died of starvation Agrippina was sent to Pandateria eventually starved herself to death in October AD 33 marriages Agrippina the Younger is described to be well educated and aware of her potentially important place She was physically fit and not unattractive “Agrippina was probably not especially beautiful in the normally accepted sense of the word… (but she was) an alluring women who succeeded by using her sexual charms… a
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