Agrippina's Relationship with Other Members of the Imperial Court

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Agrippina was the mother of the Emperor Nero. Her influence on politics and her ambition dates back to his birth and spans till the time her powers began to decrease, and eventual assassination in 59 AD. Nero was 17 at the time he succeeded Claudius. In the early years of his reign, Agrippina held great influence over her son and political affairs.

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Agrippinas Relationship with Other Members of the Imperial CourtAncient Assessment Agrippina by Sophie MulleyDescribe Agrippinas relationship with other members of the imperial court. (10 MARKS)Agrippina was a formidable adversary. She had political allies at all levels, acquired during Claudius reign, and she knew how to exploit her Augustan lineage and descent from Germanicus to the full. GriffinAgrippina the younger is recognized as one of the most ambitious women in history who encompasses a great desire for power, wealth and supremacy. The Julio Claudian period was solely a patriarchal society, but this didnt mean women could not hold any influence. It is in this period we see ambitious women such as Agrippina attaining power through men. Agrippina chose specific individuals with influential talents; she formed political allies with them in the positions of power that would ultimately pave the way to her own desires and ambitions centered mostly around the promotion of Nero, and what Tacitus describes as a vigorous, almost masculine despotism.Agrippina acquired political support and influence she needed through the orator Seneca and the praetorian prefect Afrianus Burrus. These two figures played an important role throughout the rule of Agrippina. They are quite often mentioned together, as if they had worked together, but they both worked individually with only the same beliefs and values in the state. Seneca and Burr

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