Tiberius (Blackwell Ancient Lives) by Robin Seager

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By Robin Seager

Robin Seager has up to date his vintage biography of Tiberius, which makes a speciality of the Emperor’s complicated personality because the key to knowing his reign. the main readable account on hand of the lifetime of Tiberius, the second one Roman emperor. Argues that Tiberius’ personality presents the foremost to figuring out his reign. Portrays Tiberius as a guy whose virtues and ideology have been corrupted via strength. indicates how Tiberius’ fears of conspiracy and assassination brought on him to lose his grab of fact. a brand new afterword discusses vital new facts that has come to gentle at the reign of Tiberius.

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But for the first time Augustus’ plans were thwarted not by fate but by another man’s will. Tiberius refused to go. His mother appealed to him, Augustus complained openly in the senate that he was being abandoned and betrayed. The only response that Tiberius made to this increasing private and public pressure was to begin a hunger-strike that he kept up for four days. 58 24 TIBERIUS AND AUGUSTUS Tiberius’ motives have been hotly debated, in antiquity and later. Tiberius himself, if Suetonius is to be believed, offered two reasons, one at the time, one later.

And C. Sempronius Gracchus and L. Appuleius Saturninus all tried to circumvent the opposition of the senate by taking reforming legislation straight to the people, riding roughshod over the veto of their colleagues and seeking immediate re-election to office. When the customary constitutional checks proved ineffective, the senate did not hesitate to resort to violence: all three tribunes were murdered. But among his other reforms C. Gracchus had transferred the right to serve on juries from the senate to the equestrian order.

58 24 TIBERIUS AND AUGUSTUS Tiberius’ motives have been hotly debated, in antiquity and later. Tiberius himself, if Suetonius is to be believed, offered two reasons, one at the time, one later. At the time, trying to justify a total withdrawal from public life, he pretended to yearn for a rest from his labours, claiming that he had had enough of honours, but later he is alleged to have said that his real reason for removing himself from the scene was a desire to avoid any appearance of friction.

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