­­Student’sNameProfessor’s NameCourseDateRomanCivilization: Comparison and Contrast of Nero’s Murder of hisMotherTheaccounts of Tacitus and Dio Cassius concerning the circumstances thatsurround Nero having her mother, Agrippa the Younger, killed are fullof a cloud of mixed reactions and told slightly differently probablybecause of the anti-Nero bias. The two stories converge in many waysand also diverge in equal measures.Tacitus’saccount records that Nero had got a romantic involvement with a verynoble woman, Poppaea Sabina, whom he considered marrying. Nerocontemplated and finalized his plans to divorce Octavia and marryPoppaea. Nonetheless, such schemes were not viable with his motherAgrippa, at least politically forcing Nero to have his mother killed.According to Tacitus, Nero was incredibly persuaded that Agrippa theYounger had to die. The issue was just the question of how her deathwould have come by, by poisoning or stabbing her. Given Agrippa’sexperience with treachery and planning of such acts, Nero consideredthe two said options by which her life was to end and decided theywere desperate and suspicious. That was the time when Tutor Anicetus,whom Nero’s mother loathed very much, became handy. When Nerosought for his piece of advice on how he should have Agrippa killed,he devised that it should take place using a self-sinking boat.Similarly, Dio Cassius’s account, on the other hand, is similar inthat it begins with a ploy to have Agrippa killed through the designof a self-sinking boat. There is also the mention of Nero’sdetermination to put to an end her mother’s domineering andpower-hungriness, using elimination of deathHereports that Agrippa became aware of his son’s plot to kill her butstill went ahead sailing on the boat to attend the regularcelebrations by his son. On their way to the ceremony, she was almostcrushed by a collapsing boat roof but escaped death narrowly by thesaving of a sofa that broke the ceiling’s fall. Even though thecollapsing portion of the vessel roof did not kill Agrippa, thedebris crashed her attendant who stood by the helm, outside. Thecrew upon seeing that the boat did not sink from the roof ceiling asplanned, theysankthe ship,but Agrippa still managed to swim to the shore. The misguidedattention of her assailants probably misdirected by the cry of herfriend, Acerronia Polla, who claimed she was Agrippa so that shecould be saved, gave her enough time and room to swim to the shore.Nonetheless, her friend did not survive. She is believed to have beensunkto death by the assailants. The news of Agrippa’s survival and howa group of admirers met reached his son who then sent three assassinsto kill her.Thestory unfolds in quite a different way according to Dio Cassius’saccount. The difference comes first in the design of the ship whichis said to have been designed to open at the bottom while inshorerather than at the sailings. There is, therefore, an apparent absenceof the falling ceiling that ended up injuring Agrippa’s aid as toldby the Tacitus. Dio Cassius maintained that Agrippa the Younger wasput aboard and while the ship was in the sea, the bottom openedletting her out into the deep where she managed to swim to the shore. Another difference in the two stories in the number of assassinssent to kill Agrippa after the news of her survival had reached Nero.While Tacitus claims three assassins were sent over there to have herkilled, Dio Cassius noted that only an assassin was sent to take herout. Dio further alleges that Nero said that he wastippedoff that Agrippa planned to kill him but ended up committing suicide,a claim that there is no mention of in Tacitus’s account. Anotherelement of the story Dio captures outside Tacitus’s account is thatAgrippa had the chance to refutethe last words asking that the assassins strike her womb that bore anabominable son.WhileTacitus seems to be unsympathetic to Agrippa, Dio Cassius is quitesympathetic to her. Tacitus’s narration paints Agrippa as being anuisance to Nera. First, she could not accept any daughter-in-law whomade it worse to think that she would take Poppaea. Secondly, shedressed in a way suggesting she wanted to sleep with her half-tipsyson who became heartbroken about it. Tacitus claims all the kissesand endearments that Agrippa lavished his son with were forerunnersof guilt. Dio’s sympathy for Agrippa is undisputedly clear when henarrated the point when she had the chance to reputethe last words asking that the assassins strike her womb that bore anabominable son.Inconclusion, the two accounts are similar in that both recognize thatEmpower Nero was very determined to have Agrippa killed for her greedand plot against him. The two, also converge that the means by whichAgrippa had to die is on a self-sinking boat. However, while theunsympathetic Tacitus claims that the ship was to besunkfrom the sailing, the sympathetic Dio claims it was to besunkfrom the bottom.Works CitedDonaldL. Wasson Roman Civilization, Fall 2016, Np. 10 – 70. Print.