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By Judith Ginsburg,Eric Gruen

ISBN-10: 0195181417

ISBN-13: 9780195181418

Agrippina the more youthful, spouse of the emperor Claudius and mom of his successor Nero, wielded strength and authority on the middle of the Roman empire in methods unequalled via nearly the other lady in Roman background. Such, at the least, is the portrait of Agrippina added by means of our resources and perpetuated in smooth scholarship. during this posthumous paintings, Judith Ginsburg presents a clean examine either the literary and fabric representations of Agrippina. in contrast to prior remedies, she seeks neither to sentence nor to rehabilitate Agrippina. Nor does she undertaking to exhume the "real Agrippina" from the decorated or fabricated pictures discovered one of the ancients. Ginsburg trains her specialise in the representations themselves. Her painstaking dissection of the portrayals via historians exposes the rhetorical tropes, the recurrent motifs, and the craft that formed the literary snapshot of Agrippina. The designs, as Ginsburg exhibits, have been greater than literary prospers. They aimed to blur the bounds among the household and the imperial geographical regions, deploying clone of Agrippina as domineering spouse and mom to indicate the failings and instability of the regime, a dysfunctional relatives entailing a dysfunctional procedure of governance. Gender inversions at domestic performed themselves out at the public scene as imperial rule compromised by way of girl ascendancy. Distorted stereotypes of the "wicked stepmother," the domineering lady, and the sexual transgessor have been utilized to underscore the violations of prestige and disruption of gender family that characterised the imperial management. Ginsburg has as willing an eye fixed for visible (mis)representations as for literary ones. The depictions of Agrippina on coinage and statuary offer a stark distinction with the written proof. She looks as matron and priestess, emblematic of family rectitude and public piety, and a important determine within the continuity of the dynasty. Ginsburg incisively demonstrates the skill wherein Agrippina's imagery used to be molded either to serve the pursuits of the Julio-Claudian regime and to improve the ends of its critics.

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