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Emma Southon has a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Birmingham and researches subjects of sex, the family, gender, and religion. She holds a long running obsession with the bad guys of the Roman empire, blogs at, and tweets at @NuclearTeeth.


"A lively and intermittently potty-mouthed biography of Nero's remarkable mother contains fascinating vignettes of Roman life, and explores why Roman authors wrote about women in the way that they did."-- "The New Statesman (A Best Book of the Year)"
"A remarkable biography. Southon delivers her research and speculations with enormous wit, a feminist outlook, and charming vulgarity. This sassy biography will rope in even those who think they're not interested in ancient Rome."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred)"
"Southon tells a saucy story about one woman against a very angry male world that threw every imaginable accusation against her when she stepped out of line in Roman society. It's also a triumphant story about her rising above and bending that world to her will. As with most stories about those who toy with absolute power, it doesn't end well. But before the inevitable, Southon is determined to make this a rollicking tour of Agrippina and her world."-- "Open Letters Monthly"

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