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Agrippina Senior, Wife of Germanicus, Mother of Caligula and Agrippa Jr.
Vispania Agrippina (Agrippina Senior) was born in 15 B.C., the daughter of Agrippa and Julia, Augustus' daughter. She married Germanicus, the son of Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia, in 5 A.D. They had nine children, of whom six survived to adulthood (Nero Caesar, Drusus Caesar, Caligula, Agrippina Jr., Julia, and Drusilla). She was the mother-in-law and sister-in-law of Claudius, and grandmother of Nero. Her husband Germanicus was extremely popular with Roman people and she accompanied him on all his military campaigns. When Germanicus died mysteriously at Antioch in 19 A.D., the governor of Syria was accused of poisoning him, but Agrippina returned to Rome and accused Tiberius of ordering the murder. To silence her, Agrippina was accused of adultery, flogged so severely that she lost an eye, banished to the island of Pandateria in 29, and starved to death on 18 October 33 A.D. Her sons, Caligula's brothers, Nero Caesar and Drusus Caesar, also died imprisoned. Caligula's first act as emperor was to return the ashes of his mother and brothers to Rome.