A. Historical dimension
M. (c. AD 20–48) was the third wife of the Roman emperor Claudius, who became famous, or notorious for her debauched lifestyle and for fomenting intrigues at court. A granddaughter of Augustus' sister Octavia, she was married to Claudius, some 30 years her senior, before he acceded to the throne (AD 39/40). The marriage produced a daughter, Octavia (later the wife of Nero) and a son, Britannicus.
M. was said to have used freedmen and secretaries as accomplices to manipulate the emperor and satisfy her desires. She incit…
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Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013).
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