Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World by Emma Southon

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.


Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World by Emma Southon
Expected publication: August 6th 2019 by Pegasus Books

In her own time, she was recognized as a woman of unparalleled power. Beautiful and intelligent, she was portrayed as alternately a ruthless murderer and helpless victim, the most loving mother and the most powerful woman of the Roman empire, using sex, motherhood, manipulation, and violence to get her way, and single-minded in her pursuit of power for herself and her son, Nero.

This book follows Agrippina as a daughter, born in Cologne, to the expected heir to Augustus’s throne; as a sister to Caligula who raped his sisters and showered them with honors until they attempted rebellion against him and were exiled; as a seductive niece and then wife to Claudius who gave her access to near unlimited power; and then as a mother to Nero—who adored her until he had her assassinated.

Through senatorial political intrigue, assassination attempts, and exile to a small island, to the heights of imperial power, thrones, and golden cloaks and games and adoration, Agrippina scaled the absolute limits of female power in Rome. Her biography is also the story of the first Roman imperial family—the Julio-Claudians—and of the glory and corruption of the empire itself.

Obviously this is a must-read for me. I'm pretty much always on the hunt for nonfiction like this upcoming book. It's kind of a struggle to find anything relating to ancient history because there aren't many bloggers or bookstagrammers that I know who also read these kind of books so I have to do a lot of searching to actually find new nonfiction titles, especially written by women. The last ancient history related nonfiction written by a woman that I read was When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney which released in October 2018 so it's been a while. But luckily enough I became aware of this new biography by Emma Southon and I am SO ready for it. Agrippina (Nero's mother AND Caligula's sister!) happens to be one of my favorite women in history so it's needless to say that I'm very excited to read this book and learn more about her. 


19 comments:

  1. Oooh! This sounds interesting! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  2. I hope you get to read it, and love it!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  3. I like Roman history and she sounds fascinating. I hope you enjoy.

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  4. I don't generally like non-fiction but I think that I am going to have to read this because she is an amazing woman!
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  5. YES! She's definitely one of the more fascinating women from ancient Rome. I can't wait to get my hands on the book!

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  6. This sounds fascinating! You always find the most interesting books.

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  7. I'm planning on pre-ordering it as soon as I can!

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  8. It took me so long to find this one title but I have a feeling it's going to be a great one! :D

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  9. I hardly ever read non fiction but I'd definitely read this!

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  10. Yessss! It sounds like it will be such a fascinating read!

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  11. Ooh, definitely looks like an interesting read if you're into that time period. Hope you get your hands on it soon!


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  12. This does sound good! Although I don't read as much nonfiction as I would like, I do enjoy history, and particularly that of women. I will have to add this to my wish list. I hope you love this.

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  13. Barb(Boxermommyreads)June 12, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Doesn't sound like something I'd pick up but I'm glad you found something that interests you. And I agree, sometimes it's hard to find recommendations on non-popular genres. Hope you love this one!

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  14. Does sound interesting. I like reading stuff like this too- fascinating.

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  15. You always seem to find the most fascinating books! I hope that you love it when you get the chance to read it. :)

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  16. I don't read much nonfiction, but I've always found ancient history so interesting. I really hope you enjoy this when you read it.

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  17. I do read nonfiction and sometimes history based nonfiction but no where near as much as you! That's why I love coming to your blog. I get myself some recommendations.

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