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Agrippina's Legacy and the Impact she had on History


Agrippina's is known as a woman who married, murdered and did all she could to gain as much power over Rome that was possible. Although there were no political groups formed in her name, Agrippina's physical representation was passed on through coins and statues. After her death, she was given no commemorations by Nero, unlike Livia who received divine honours from her grandson Claudius.

Agrippina was a great example to other women, especially at the time, of how much power a woman could acquire in a society where men predominately held the power. For a woman, Agrippina received unprecedented power, and it was undeniable that she defined the place of women in politics. Whilst Agrippina had power, during Claudius and Nero's reign, there was political stability and adherence. This shows that during a part Rome's history of sovereignty and dominion, Agrippina played a major influential role in maintaining strong connections and authority over other provinces. Tacitus suggested that "the country was transformed under Agrippina" and that she ruled with "almost masculine despotism". However, Agrippina's
downfall also showed the inevitability of the dangers and tragedies that occurred when trying
to obtain power. Essentially, Agrippina's power came from her connections, seeing that as a
woman, she couldn'tbecome emperor herself, due to the patriarchal society.