Detail of a miniature of Nero —the last Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty— watching while his mother Agrippina is dissected. British Library ~ ca.1490:

Detail of a miniature of Nero —the last Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty— watching while his mother Agrippina is dissected. British Library ~ ca.1490:

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Agrippina’s death fulfilled the prophecy of some Chaldean astrologers years before.

When Agrippina asked them if her son would be king, they prophesied: “He will be king, but he will kill his mother”. According to Tacitus, she replied: “Occidat, dum imperet!” (“Let him kill me, provided he becomes emperor!”).

It is said that mad Nero believed Agrippina to haunt him after her death.

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