This paper argues that the representations of Agrippina the Younger and Boudica point out the faults of the empire and the men who rule it. By examining the characters of Boudica and Agrippina in Tacitus’ Annals and Cassius Dio’s Roman History, it looks to establish the influence of gender and ethnicity of the representation of these two women, and to establish them as literary figures. It explores the reasons why Agrippina is characterized as a villainous mother and Boudica as righteous heroine. Each woman is looked at individually and then together to find the similarities between the authors. The end goal of the project is to eventually find the historical figures from the literary figures.
Barnett, Morgan, "Boudica and Agrippina: An Analysis of Representation of Female Power in Tacitus and Dio" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9505.
Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Other Classics
Female Power, Roman Historians
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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