Agrippina the Elder

Reece Period attributed: Period 2

Obverse image of a coin of Agrippina the Elder

Member of the Julio-Claudians dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from -14 until 33.

Agrippina was born in Athens, Greece. In AD 5 she married Germanicus, her second cousin and step-grandson of the Emperor Augustus.

Agrippina had nine children by Germanicus, three of whom died in infancy; the surviving six were:

  • Nero Caesar
  • Drusus Caesar
  • Gaius (Caligula, future Emperor)
  • Agrippina the Younger, mother of Emperor Nero
  • Julia Drusilla
  • Julia Livilla

She was regarded by her peers as a woman of the highest character, moral but arrogant and ambitious for herself and her family. In Tacitus' Annals 6.25 he commented:

...could not endure equality and loved to domineer with her masculine aspirations was far removed from the frailties of women...

On the surface it appears that she was a victim of tyranny; dig deeper and she had done much to provoke her fate.

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