Do you remember learning about the
Roman emperor Nero? Well, have you ever wondered how he acquired the throne?
Agrippina the Younger, Nero’s mother, played a key role in her son’s
achievement of success and wealth. As a compelling political influencer and
powerful person in ancient Rome, Agrippina the Younger was an important woman
in history that you might’ve not even known about.
of women in ancient Rome during the rule of Germanicus slightly differed from
other cultures’ vision of an “ideal” woman. Women in ancient Rome were expected
to have their lives mainly revolve around family life and status, but could
also consider other hobbies and interests. Many girls were educated from a
young age alongside boys, and were taught social behavior and etiquette.
Students were also taught both Greek and Latin, and were encouraged to take
part in multiple activities and sports. Although, once children were formally
of age, the differences between male and female lifestyle became more
prominent. Women were taught to take pride in their domestic lives and
achievements, rather than showing off their intellectual skill and talents. Women
in ancient Rome were also not allowed to vote or partake in political ordeals.
the Younger was born into the ruling family of the Roman empire in 15 A.D. A
daughter to Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder, Agrippina the Younger and her
family were often in the spotlight of society, as her father Germanicus was a
famous general of Rome and son to the emperor Tiberius. Agrippina herself was
not very well known until her adult life, but recognized herself as prominent
in Roman life and society since her youth. This was mainly brought on by her brother
Caligula’s success after he succeeded his grandfather for the throne. By the
time Caligula was in power, his only two brothers had already passed, so he had
his remaining siblings, Agrippina and 2 other sisters, put under high honors.
Although, two years into his rule, Agrippina the Younger, her sisters, and all
three of their husbands were caught plotting against Caligula. They were
stripped of their high honors, access to anyone in Rome, and exiled to an
island in the Tyrrhenian sea.