Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. According to Claudius, describe the class of men that Herod the Agrippa best fits into.

In Claudius' opinion, Herod the Agrippa is a scoundrel with a golden heart. These men are the drunkards, assassins and crooked men. However, these men are never the ones with the liquor in their hands and when they defraud, they do so from the rich, not the poor and needy. These men are selfish with self-preservation as motivation, but without cruel intentions on others.

2. How do Herod and Cypros make it in Edom? From whom do they get help, and how?

Herod and Cypros make it to Edom safely and live with family in the desert. Herod's Uncle Antipas is a governor and gives him a magistrate position with a yearly pension. They are able to get onto Antipas' good side because of a humble apology by Cypros to Herodius, Antipas' wife, in relation to an argument from a previous engagement. Herodius' has Antipas wrapped around her finger, thus whatever Herodius wants to do, Antipas will follow.

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