Agrippina did this hoping to secure a marriage between Octavia and her son. Dio reported that he frequently saw his mother's ghost and rarely had a good night's sleep. In an example of Agrippina assuming auctoritas, he says: But throughout those days, a femina, mighty of spirit, donned the apparel of a , and she distributed clothing or bandages to the soldiers, whoever might be needy or suffering. She immediately tried to raise the stakes. Inviting her to Baiae, he had her set forth on the in a boat designed to sink, but she swam ashore. The ashes were brought to , from where they were carried up the Tiber and brought to the , from where equestrians placed them on briers to join the ashes of Germanicus in the mausoleum of Augustus. In fact, their marriage, like all dynastic marriages, was a political arrangement and it benefited both.
After the tension between mother and son grew to a critical level, Nero determined to be rid of her. The last months of his life were characterized by disputes with Agrippina over the advancement of Nero and Britannicus. Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome, Penguin, 1971. He sent her a friendly letter asking to reconcile and inviting her to celebrate the Quinquatrus at with him. Lucius became more wealthy despite his youth shortly after divorced Lucius' aunt, Lucius' first paternal aunt so that Crispus could marry Agrippina. As always in matters of serious business, Claudius consulted his chief executive secretary, a freedman named Pallas who was devoted to Agrippina many, in fact, believed they were lovers. Agrippina knew of his wealthy inheritance and possessions.
Attending state dinners, Agrippina the Elder ostentatiously took precautions against poison in her dishes. After being widowed a second time, Agrippina was left very wealthy. The Romans would tolerate Neros drunken revels and the wide range of his perversions and sexual appetites. Caligula sold their furniture, jewellery, slaves and freedmen. When he died after a brief and undiagnosed illness while touring the eastern Mediterranean provinces, the Roman people were convinced that Tiberius had ordered his assassination out of jealousy and fear. She is also rumored to have had sexual relations with Caligula when he served as emperor. Suggesting her marriage to Claudius was to a weak emperor who was, because of his hesitations and terrors, a threat to the imperial authority and government.
The Annals repeatedly has Agrippina competing for influence with Tacitus simply because she is related to Augustus biologically. An official report was sent to the senate: Her death had occurred when she made an attempt on his life, not he on hers. Hearts touched, and maybe a little distracted, all the men agreed to be friends and the women agreed to stay in Rome and be wives to their abductors. Betrothal of 13-year-old girls, with marriage to follow shortly, was common among Romans. He even saw his mother's ghost and got magicians to scare her away. Ultimately, the death of Tiberius' son elevated her own children to the position of heirs.
Afranius Burrus and his tutor Seneca L. Yale University Press New Haven and London 1990. The sisters were to be included in oaths, sit with him at games, and take turns occupying the traditional wife's position at table. This betrothal was broken off in 48, when Agrippina, scheming with the consul , the father of the future Emperor , falsely accused Silanus of incest with his sister. Not much is known about the relationship between them.
Agrippina had an eventful life. While such evidence did not surface, the issue did not go away. After Germanicus' cremation in the forum of Antioch, Agrippina personally carried the ashes of her husband to Rome. Nero, who had believed himself incapable of living with Agrippina, found that he was unable to live happily without her. This was a part of Agrippina's scheming plan to make Lucius the new emperor. It starts again with Poppaea as the motive behind the murder.
Nero then claimed Agrippina plotted to kill him and committed suicide. But the crime of matricide was perhaps the most despicable one in the eyes of the ancient Romans. If he were heir, hers would be the prize of motherhood. Reality or metaphor, the allegation gave substance to the notion that they were his partners. Cast of Agrippina the Younger in reflection. The admission was intended to make clear to that she was responsible for his position.
It seems, however, that Nero had learned from his mother's examples. Later he accused and imprisoned them. But such an arrangement could not last forever. However, Agrippina refused to comply with these standards. She was pregnant at the time and, while Germanicus was collecting taxes across Gaul, she remained at an unspecified separate location, presumably for her safety. At his mother's funeral, Nero was witless, speechless and rather scared.