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Britannicus

(Claudius Tiberius Germanicus Britannicus) (brĭtăn`ĭkəs), A.D. 41?–A.D. 55, Roman prince, son of Claudius IClaudius I
(Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus) , 10 B.C.–A.D. 54, Roman emperor (A.D. 41–A.D. 54), son of Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus and thus nephew of Tiberius. When Caligula was murdered (A.D.
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 and MessalinaMessalina
(Valeria Messalina) , d. A.D. 48, Roman empress, wife of Claudius I. She was the mother of his children, Britannicus and Octavia. Her reputation for greed and lust was supposedly unknown to her husband until, in Claudius' absence, she publicly married her lover Caius
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, so called in honor of Claudius' conquests in Britain. After Claudius' marriage to Agrippina the YoungerAgrippina the Younger,
d. A.D. 59, Roman matron; daughter of Germanicus Caesar and Agrippina the Elder. By her first husband, Cneius Domitius Ahenobarbus, she was the mother of Nero.
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, mother of NeroNero
(Nero Claudius Caesar) , A.D. 37–A.D. 68, Roman emperor (A.D. 54–A.D. 68). He was originally named Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus and was the son of Cnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (consul in A.D.
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, Britannicus was passed over as heir in favor of Nero. He was poisoned after Nero's accession. His death is the subject of Racine's drama Britannicus.
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As for Britannicus, I have stressed elsewhere the importance given to love and sexual jealousy in the working-out of the plot.
JOHANNES ACUTUS EQUES BRITANNICUS DUX AETATIS SUAE CAUTISSIMUS ET REI MILITARIS PERITISSIMUS HABITUS EST (John Hawkwood the British Knight, who was regarded as the most prudent commander of his age, and the most experienced in military affairs.) Yet this fine figure was also one of the most ruthless mercenaries of his day, and not always a loyal servant of the Florentine republic.
(20) Match me these two: or the Conviction and Arraignment of Britannicus and Lilburne; New News from the Old Exchange or The Common-Wealth of Vertous Ladies lively deciphered.
Reggiani abandoned a fledgling hairdressing career to study acting, and was cast in Jean Cocteau's and Jean Murals' "Britannicus."
(10.) See, among others, Neron's description of his reaction to seeing Junie for the first time, Britannicus, 2:2, 395-406; Eriphile's account of her first glimpse of Achille, Iphigenie, 2:1, 491-500; and Phedre's narration of meeting Hippolyte in Athens shortly after her marriage, Phedre, 1:3, 270-76.
In July he tied the knot, marrying Jane who works in the box office at the London theatre where he was starring opposite Diana Rigg in Britannicus.
Chapter 5, "Cicero Britannicus," finally shows a simultaneous focus on England and Cicero.
In this connection, the use of Orpheus Britannicus as a copy@text is unwise since its text derives from earlier sources and the figuring cannot be regarded as authoritative.
A similar series of payments to Purcell are recorded in the books at Ashtead Manor for teaching Katherine Howard, the dedicatee of the first book of Orpheus Britannicus, but these do not begin until 8 February 1694.(17) Whatever the truth, the Cartwright family made no more payments to Purcell, and in July 1693 a Mr Delawney is listed as receiving 2[pounds] as the `music master'.(18) The different designation allows the possibility that he did not teach the spinet but was engaged on some other musical business, although the payment of the same sum suggests that this was not the case.
His fame rests on his noble tragedies, Britannicus (1670), Berenice (1671), Bajazet (1672), and Phedre (1677).
fundo would acquire a special edge: from the shallow standing water of the lagoon (recalling the derivation of stagnum from stare) Juvenal plunges to the depths of the Oceanus Britannicus. The epicure plots the Roman Empire by its oyster-beds, so that, just as 'fishpond' is the right word for the provenance of the oysters guzzled by Martial's hypocritical host, so it is consonant with Juvenal's habit of mocking the pretensions of cultural snobs to ascribe to Montanus the refinement of being able to identify oysters from, yes, the Lucrine, but not the 'Lucrine Lake': rather, the 'Lucrine Pond'.
The music on the final recording, Henry Purcell: Grigs from Orpheus Britannicus (Astree Auvidis E8757, rec 1992), performed by Agnes Mellon, Christophe Rousset and Wieland Kuijken, comprises songs and keyboard music taken from the great collection of Purcell's music compiled after the composer's death by the publisher Henry Playford.