Loquis: A Mausoleum for Poppea

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A Mausoleum for Poppea

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Published on:  2018-03-19 09:27:00

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Poppea Sabina was the second wife of the Roman emperor Nero, and therefore empress consort of the Roman Empire from 62 to his death.The historians of antiquity see in her few qualities (apart from her beauty) and describe the intrigues to become empress. According to Tacitus, Poppea was ambitious and unscrupulous.It is said that Agrippina, the mother of Nero, considered her a dangerous competitor and tried to persuade her son to get rid of her.This dispute over Poppea was one of the reasons why Nero killed his mother in 59. In 62, finally, Nero married Poppea after repudiating Claudia Octavia for infertility and relegating her to the Campania region. A few popular demonstrations in favor of the first wife convinced the emperor of the necessity to eliminate her, after having accused her of treason, forcing her to commit suicide. Poppea is considered the « instigator » of the murder or exile of many other unfortunates who tried to challenge their power. Nero’s tutor, Seneca, is considered one of his victims. Poppea gave Nero a daughter, Claudia Augusta, who died when she was only four months old due to natural causes. In 65, as Tacitus writes, Poppea, awaiting the second son of Nero, died in Rome and was buried in the Mausoleum of Piazza Augusto Imperatore.

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