Agrippina meantime, worn out though she was with
sorrow and bodily weakness, yet still impatient of everything which might
delay her vengeance, embarked with the ashes of Germanicus and with her
children, pitied by all. Here indeed was a woman of the highest nobility,
and but lately because of her splendid union wont to be seen amid an ad-
AGRIPPINA GRIEVES, PISO REJOICES
miring and sympathizing
throng, now bearing in her bosom the mournful relics of death, with an
uncertain hope of revenge, with apprehensions for herself, repeatedly at
fortune's mercy by reason of the ill-starred fruitfulness of her marriage.
Piso was at the island of Coos
when tidings reached him that Germanicus was
dead. He received the news with extravagant joy, slew victims, visited the
temples, with no moderation in his transports; while Plancina's insolence
increased, and she then for the first time exchanged for the gayest attire
the mourning she had worn for her lost sister.