But now Agrippina was afraid, lest, when Britannicus should come
to man's estate, he should succeed his father in the government, and desired
to seize upon the principality beforehand for her own son [Nero]; upon
which the report went that she thence compassed the death of Claudius.
Accordingly, she sent Burrhus, the general of the army, immediately, and
with him the tribunes, and such also of the freed-men as were of the greatest
authority, to bring Nero away into the camp, and to salute him emperor.
And when Nero had thus obtained the government, he got Britannicus to be
so poisoned, that the multitude should not perceive it; although he publicly
put his own mother to death not long afterward, making her this requital,
not only for being born of her, but for bringing it so about by her contrivances
that he obtained the Roman empire. He also slew Octavia his own wife, and
many other illustrious persons, under this pretense, that they plotted