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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Rickee rated it it was ok Oct 01, 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.

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The reason to care about Agrippina or any of the other prominent Romans is because of their impact on the empire, but Barrett largely leaves that barrtt or at very least, is directing such commentary to readers more steeped in Roman history than myself. 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.

This is not a partisan observation, since both liberal and conservative women suffer the same sort of abuse: As noted above, he makes no pretense to offer a feminist analysis of or apologia for Agrippina’s life. Barrett very methodically laid out the accusations against her and presented them alongside a picture of her built from less sensational aspects and it does now seem to me that most of what was said about her being a freak is untrue.

I also think that there was perhaps too much information offered that didn’t really have that much bearing on Agrippina’s circumstances and could have been presented in a more concise manner.


I registered a book at BookCrossing. Agrippina is driven by her love for her son, Nero, and by the lust for anhtony, and they both do increasingly evil things.

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

Refresh and try again. XV that Agrippina’ s parents, Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder, would also merit historical monographs in their own right, A.

The discussion proper is followed by a list of sources literary, material, epigraphic, numismatic as well as ten appendices including some relevant but complex discussions of chronology and prosopography.

I thought Barrett did a good job of not going too far with any crazy interpretations or assertions and used ancient sources effectively to support his opinions.

The stereotype also contains inherent contradictions: The last appendix is a well-balanced analysis of the partly controversial evidence on the final days of Agrippina. 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 Levick, Claudius New Haven: Early in the narrative, Barrett establishes his own clear-eyed attitude toward his subject: Lucy, fortunately unstung, was white and drawn.

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.

XII is the main scope of this biography. Ashley rated it liked it Apr 28, Modern editorial criteria should have been used.

That is certainly the case with this book on Agrippina. Although she was ambitious, says Barrett, she made anthong way through ability and determination rather than by sexual allure, and her political contributions to her time seem to have been positive.

Barrett No preview available – She unquestionably used all means at her disposal, including legal and illegal persecution of her personal enemies, in order to agrippinq those ends. The last of the series, by the same author as the present volume, was Caligula: Agrippina the Younger attained a level of power in first-century Rome unprecedented for a woman.


But if you want a ahthony, balanced and accurate account of one of Rome’s most powerful and fascinating women, this is the book for you. Danie Tanaka rated it it was amazing Feb 02, No eBook available Amazon. Any reader, whether a scholar or a layman, will agree that this is a most important addition to the series of imperial biographies published in Antthony over the past two decades.

Barrett Snippet view – This volume, therefore, takes the series of biographies in a new direction: Barrett in his dynamic biography—the first on Agrippina in English—Anthony Barrett paints a startling new picture of this influential woman.

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Barrett has made a remarkably lucid contribution to the understanding of Agrippina’ s role in Roman society. What is going on in the Roman empire while these family dramas are playing out? Barrett Limited preview – Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Tacitus, to his credit, is aware of some of these contradictions, and attempts to explain them away: Here follow a couple of minor observations: She is harsh and domineering; she is subtle and ingratiating.

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