By the time her son was a teenager, Agrippina had achieved the unimaginable, convincing the emperor to adopt him as his heir in preference to his own son. Her boy became Emperor Nero and their relationship, it’s safe to say, was a complex one.
She claimed to want only one thing – power for her son. But her drive to protect and steer him away from trouble meant that she could not resist meddling and controlling the impetuous young emperor.
Nero tried various ways of loosening his mother’s grip on his life, until in the end there seemed only one thing left for him to do…
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