Agrippina the Younger

Agrippina had an excellent pedigree – who you were in Rome and who your ancestors were was extremely significant. She could trace her ancestry and that of her son Nero back to Rome’s first Emperor, Augustus. This was an enormous advantage and Agrippina played on it, making her not simply the most powerful woman in Rome, but one of its most powerful citizens. While women in Rome had no official role to play in male dominated politics, a woman of intelligence, boundless ambition and a canny understanding of the men in her life was able to influence their policies and practices.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Background to Agrippina and the position of women in Rome
  • Agrippina’s first marriage
  • Her marriage to Claudius
  • How she persuaded Claudius to nominate her son, Nero as successor
  • Her attempts to control Nero whilst he was Emperor of Rome
  • Her death


By the end of this course, student should be able to:

  1. Come to understand to politics of Rome in the years before Agrippina.
  2. Realise the importance of position in Roman politics and ancestor worship.
  3. Learn about Agrippina's background which formulated this woman's path to power.
  4. Study the life of Agrippina and postulate on her attitudes and feelings regarding the chances that came her way in Rome.

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