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Catharine Edwards explores the lives of Messalina, whose scandalous reputation lives on, and the skilled politician Agrippina, Caligula's sister, Claudius's wife and Nero's mother.

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.

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Presenter Catharine Edwards
Director Elliott Gerner
Producer Tom Webber

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