They said she was a tyrant, a murderer, and "the most wicked woman in history."
She kicked her way into the male spaces of politics and demanded to be recognised as an equal and an leader. For her audacity, she was murdered by her son and reviled by history.
She was the sister, niece, wife and mother of emperors. She was an empress in her own right. And she was a nuanced, fearless trail-blazer in the Roman world."
The story of Agrippina - the first empress of Rome - is the story of an empire at its bloody, extravagant, chaotic, ruthless height.
Emma Southon is technically a Dr and likes to remind people of that. She has a PhD in Ancient History and researches sex, the family, gender and religion. She holds a long running obsession with the bad guys of the Roman empire and weirds people out by going on about Caligula a lot. She has a cat called Livia, blogs at Agrippinilla.com and tweets at @NuclearTeeth.