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A Sunday poem for an exiled Empress

Agrippina the Younger was a Roman force to be reckoned with: great-granddaughter of Augustus, adopted granddaughter of debauched Tiberius, sister of mad Caligula (who she may have slept with), wife of slobbering Claudius (who she may have poisoned) and mother of tyrannical Nero.   210 more words

Italy

The Weak Link (part 1)

When people mention the name Nero, it tends to conjure up an image of a tyrannical, cruel monster, obsessed with luxury and bloodshed. Nero is however far more complex, than the standard portrayal of him would allow us to think. 2,462 more words

Beginners

Roman Aristocratic Feminine -- My Focus on the Story of Agrippina

I have to say this is a wonderful story-book more than a historical chronicle. Under the author’s writing, there appears many figures who was living in that far ago ancient world and would like to bring readers back to their prosperous age. 1,530 more words

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Breaking the mold: Opera Omaha re-imagines the gala

Depending on the crowd or circle you travel in, bring up opera in conversation and expect a glassy-eyed look on some people’s faces because they can’t or won’t get past some cliched notions they have about this form being tired, overstuffed, and irrelevant. 1,650 more words

Writing

Agrippina the Younger

Mother of Madness 

A quick biography

Agrippina the Younger was a well connected woman of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and one of the children of Agrippina the Elder and Germanicus, the mother of Emperor Nero, sister of Emperor Caligula and the Wife of Emperor Claudius (who was also her uncle), Great-Niece of Emperor Tiberius and the great granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus. 674 more words

Ancient

Nicholas Kraemer conducts two Handel productions with young artists

Nicholas Kraemer conducts a production of Handel’s Belshazzar for Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Performances of the staging by Emma Rivlin are on July 2, 3, 4 & 5 at Blackheath Concert Halls. 22 more words

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