Agrippina

Nero and Agrippina – Prof Kevin Butcher

Nero and Agrippina – Prof Kevin Butcher

Professor Kevin Butcher from the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick takes a closer look at coins from the ancient world and discovers new meanings and insight into the lives of emperors, nobles and ordinary people from this time in history. Professor Butcher looks at why Agrippina seems to have been given precedence over her son Nero on the earliest coins of his reign?

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Nero 54 – 68 A.D.

One of ancient history's most infamous characters, Nero rose to power in his mid-teens following the death of Claudius, his adoptive father. To speed things along he had Britannicus poisoned and in league with his mother Agrippina had had Claudius poisoned as well. His next few years were fairly unremarkable one way or the other largely in part because of Agrippina's overbearing influence. He corrected the problem, however, by having her executed on the pretext that she had a unfavorable view of Poppaea, his new mistress. Because he was already married to a certain Octavia he had her exiled and murdered...

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Britannicus c.41 – 55 A.D.

Britannicus was the son of Claudius and presumptive heir to the throne until Agrippina showed up with her own son Nero. Between the two they plotted to eliminate Britannicus and managed to poison him just like they had his father.   AE Sestertius (Posthumous) RIC unlisted, BMC 226 (Claudius) & 306 (Titus), C 2 Sestertius Obv: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGFBRITANNICVS - Bare-headed, draped bust left. Rev: No legend - Mars advancing left, holding spear and shield. c.50-54 (Rome). $8,600 9/24/03.  

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