Account of the life and reign of tiberius claudius nero germanicus

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This resulted in biases, both conscious and unconscious. As Edward Gibbon mentions, of the first 15 emperors, "Claudius was the only one whose taste in love was entirely correct"—a clear implication that he was the only one not to take men or boys as lovers.

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Coins and inscriptions are, as always, helpful and are readily accessible in Ehrenberg and Jones, Documents Illustrating in original languages and in collections such as those of Braund and Sherk in English translation. So masterful is Tacitus's portrayal of his subject, and so influential has it been ever since, that in all modern treatments of Tiberius, in attempting to get at the man, must address the issue of Tacitus's historiographical methods, his sources, and his rhetoric. Witch-hunt: Tac. It was also a safe haven for Gallic rebels and the like, and so could not be left alone much longer. This file may be copied on the condition that the entire contents, including the header and this copyright notice, remain intact. After Lucius Caesar died in 2 CE, Tiberius' mother Livia arranged for his recall, but to do that, Tiberius had to renounce all political aspirations. Most notorious is his training of little boys to act as nipping minnows or "tiddlers," to chase him when he went swimming in the imperial pool, nibbling between his legs.

Scholarly works and their impact[ edit ] Claudius wrote copiously throughout his life. Braund, D. The secretariat was divided into bureaus, with each being placed under the leadership of one freedman. The imperial family looked down on him because of his ill health, unattractive appearance, clumsiness, and coarseness.

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Account of the life and reign of tiberius claudius nero germanicus

He declared that he was too old for the responsibilities of the Principate, said he did not want the job, and asked if he could just take one part of the government for himself.

It has been suggested that the Senate may have pushed for the marriage, to end the feud between the Julian and Claudian branches.

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The freedmen could also officially speak for the emperor, as when Narcissus addressed the troops in Claudius' stead before the conquest of Britain. The ancient sources tell that his freedmen put forward three candidates, Caligula 's third wife Lollia Paulina , Claudius's divorced second wife Aelia Paetina and Claudius's niece Agrippina the Younger. The other part of his solution was to insure the ships of grain merchants who were willing to risk traveling to Egypt in the off-season. He freed the island of Rhodes from Roman rule for their good faith and exempted Troy from taxes. Administration of many of the empire's financial concerns was turned over to Imperial appointees and freedmen. It has been suggested that the Senate may have pushed for the marriage, to end the feud between the Julian and Claudian branches. When Urgulanilla gave birth after the divorce, Claudius repudiated the baby girl, Claudia, as the father was allegedly one of his own freedmen. Senators long allied with Sejanus headed for the exits, the others were confused -- was this a test of their loyalty? Woodman, Relations with Germanicus's family were strained, but they were to reach a breaking point when Tiberius allowed a trusted advisor to get too close and gain a tremendous influence over him. Graves employed fictive artifice to suggest that they were recently discovered, genuine translations of Claudius' writings. Arnaldo Momigliano. Agrippina and Nero.
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