Skip to main content

Locusta (fl. 54 CE)

Locusta (fl. 54 ce)

Roman poisoner. Name variations: Lucusta. Flourished around 54 ce; executed in 68 or 69 ce; said to be of Gallic origin.

Locusta was a professional poisoner living in Rome around 54 ce. Juvenal speaks of her as the means for ridding wives of unwanted husbands, while Tacitus claims she was "long reckoned as among the instruments of government." Locusta was employed by Agrippina the Younger to prepare poison for the emperor Claudius. For providing Nero with his own supply of poison in a golden casket and aiding in his schemes against Britannicus, Locusta was richly rewarded with estates. She was executed under orders of Galba in 68 or 69, during his reign.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Locusta (fl. 54 CE)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Locusta (fl. 54 CE)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 24, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/locusta-fl-54-ce

"Locusta (fl. 54 CE)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Retrieved September 24, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/locusta-fl-54-ce

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.