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Professor Catharine Edwards explores the dramatic lives of two women at the heart of power in 1st-century imperial Rome. One is Messalina, whose scandalous reputation lives on 2,000 years after her bloody and dramatic death. The other is Agrippina - sister of Caligula, wife of Claudius and mother of Nero - an extraordinary woman who was not only a skilled and ambitious politician but also a murderer and ultimately a murder victim.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 6 Jun 2013 22:30


Role Contributor
PresenterCatharine Edwards
DirectorElliott Gerner
ProducerTom Webber

Women and Power: Empresses of Ancient Rome

Women and Power: Empresses of Ancient Rome

Professor Catharine Edwards on what fascinates her about the women of imperial Rome.