Agrippina the Younger

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Year 12 Ancient History – Research assessment task Part III: Personalities in their times – Options Rome: Agrippina the Younger. Heather Cooper-Llewelyn Background and rice to prominence - Pallas Marcus Antonius Pallas (died AD 62) was a prominent Greek freedman and secretary during the reigns of the Roman Emperors Claudius and Nero. He was originally the slave of Antonia, the mother of Claudius. After Antonia’s death, he became property of Claudius and from there became his chief executive secretary. Pallas did this job with such efficiency that Cornelius Scipio proposed before the Senate that he be rewarded. While he occupied a position of power all throughout Claudius’ reign (and gained over 3,000,000 sesterces), it was not until the arrival of Agrippina that he came to particular prominence and overtook Narcissus as the most influential freedman. Background and rise to prominence – Narcissus Tiberius Claudius Narcissus was a freedman who used his position ab epistulis (correspondence secretary) to become a minister of state and became the most powerful of all freedman. He was part of the core of the imperial court throughout the reign of Emperor Claudius where he was in charge of correspondence. It is said that Narcissus was well known due to his extreme wealth of over 400,000,000 sesterces. Narcissus was very powerful and prominent during Claudius’ reign was until his marriage to Agrippina. Further details – Pallas Marcus Antoninus Pallas played a major part in Agrippina’s selection as Claudius’ wife. He was also a major developer for the downfall of Messalina, although he did not take action. Pallas only warned Claudius of Messalina and suggested that he execute her so that she did not intervene with his reign and power. Pallas later convinced Claudius that Agrippina would be the better selection over Lollia Paulina, the
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