American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Agrippina 1 Known as "the Elder.” 13 B.C.?-A.D. 33. Roman matron and mother of Caligula. She was influential in the struggle for power during the reign of Tiberius.
- Agrippina 2 Known as "the Younger.” A.D. 15?-59. Roman empress. She murdered her husband, the emperor Claudius, so that her son by a previous marriage, Nero, would become emperor. Nero, distrusting his mother, had her murdered.
- n. in Ancient Rome The mother of Caligula; the mother of Nero
- n. wife who poisoned Claudius after her son Nero was declared heir and who was then put to death by Nero
- n. granddaughter of Augustus and mother of Caligula and Agrippina the Younger (14 BC - AD 33)
“Everyone called Agrippina the honor of her country, the blood of Augustus, the only and last example of the ancient Roman Vertue: And everyone prayed the Gods that they would preserve her Race, and make her live beyond, and after the entire ruin of these wicked men.”
“Lomovs, especially to Fedulia Ivanovna, who never called Agrippina”
“One of the first measures which the new emperor adopted, was to recall Agrippina from her banishment at Pontia, where Caligula had confined her, and restore her to her former position in Rome.”
“Who has not read Agnes Repplier's fascinating essays on "Agrippina" and”
“Ambitious for power, the wily Sejanus now used his opportunity to pick away at the scab of resentment between Livia and Agrippina, attempting to foment the empress’s and her son’s antagonism toward Germanicus’s widow by trading on what Tacitus described as Agrippina’s “insubordination” and “ill-concealed maternal ambitions.””
“While in Venice he brought out another opera, "Agrippina," which had even greater success.”
“Rodrigo,' produced at Florence in 1707, made him famous, and 'Agrippina' (Venice, 1708) raised him almost to the rank of a god.”
“Agrippina," with a plangent oboe obbligato from Marc Schachman, came as a reminder of how eloquent Daniels can be.”
“To West, who by this time was declining in health, he sent part of "Agrippina," a tragedy he had commenced.”
“West's suggestions; but Gray was discouraged, and has left "Agrippina”
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