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The Republic in Danger

Drusus Libo and the Succession of Tiberius

By Andrew Pettinger

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Format: Hardback, 278 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 24 May 2012
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 International licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. The Republic in Danger offers a new interpretation of Roman political history for the years 6 BC to AD 16, focusing especially on the rise of Tiberius Caesar and his succession to Augustus, the founder of the Principate. The volume proposes a new and compelling model for understanding the end of Augustus' reign and the succession of Tiberius. While Tiberius' rise to supreme power was at the expense of Augustus' grandsons, who were all dead by the time Augustus was laid to rest, their supporters remained unconvinced that life was possible under the rule of Tiberius. The result was an alliance between the enemies of Tiberius and M. Scribonius Drusus Libo. Drusus Libo, an aristocrat connected to the house of the Caesar, committed suicide in AD 16 while on trial for treason. Pettinger argues that Drusus Libo's prosecution was due to his alliance with Tiberius' enemies who were planning to destroy his government and replace tyranny with republican democracy. Pettinger offers a comprehensive analysis of the struggle between Tiberius and the supporters of Augustus' grandsons, which has repercussions for our understanding of the creation of the Principate at Rome.

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Andrew Pettinger is currently an Associate of the Classics and Ancient History Department at the University of Sydney and works as a federal public servant.

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[This] study contributes signifcantly and commendably to our understanding of the Augustan Principate and the imperial succession. Steven Rutledge, Journal of Roman Studies a refreshing work of scholarship. Bryn Mawr Classical Review Pettinger...provides valuable insight into various conspiracies of the period, which he treats with the attention they merit. The book is well-written, very well-researched and enjoyable to read, whether one agrees with his conclusions or not. He offers an original interpretation of a period we all feel that we 'know', a feat which is noteworthy in and of itself. The study, then, fills an important gap and will hopefully draw greater attention to the period of Augustan succession. Sanjaya Thakur, Journal of Roman Archaeology Pettinger's study contributes significantly and commendably to our understanding of the Augustan Principate and the imperial succession. Steven Rutledge, Journal of Roman Studies this is a worthwhile addition to the scholarship on the early first century. A.G.G. Gibson, The Classical Review

EAN: 9780199601745
ISBN: 0199601747
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.9 x 2.2 centimetres (0.49 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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