Thursday, September 22, 2011

Julia Agrippina, “The Empress of Poison,” Roman Serial Killer – 59 AD


Wikipedia: Julia Agrippina, “The Empress of Poison,” most commonly referred to as Agrippina Minor or Agrippina the Younger was a Roman Empress and one of the more prominent women in the Julio-Claudia dynasty. She was a great-granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus, great-niece and adoptive granddaughter of the Emperor Tiberius, sister of the Emperor Caligula, niece and fourth wife of the Emperor Claudius, and mother of the Emperor Nero.

Agrippina the Younger has been described by both the ancient and modern sources as ‘ruthless, ambitious, violent and domineering.’ She was a beautiful and reputable woman and according to Pliny the Elder, she had a double canine in her upper right jaw, a sign of good fortune. Many ancient historians accuse Agrippina of poisoning Emperor Claudius, though accounts vary.

Peter Vronsky notes that among Agrippina’s victims were one of her husbands (2nd?); Caligula’s wife, Lollia Paulina (49 AD); Domita Lepida (sister-in law), (49 AD?), Claudius (54 AD). [p. 74]

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