The Republic in Danger
Drusus Libo and the Succession of Tiberius
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|Format:||Hardback, 288 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 15 August 2012|
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.
Table of Contents
PREFACE ; INTRODUCTION ; 1. An Urgent Summons and a Terrible Charge ; 2. The Treatment of an Enemy ; 3. The Adoption of Agrippa Postumus and the Friends of Gaius Caesar ; 4. Growing Pains ; 5. The Buck Stops Where? ; 6. Augustus Final Arrangements ; 7. The exiles of the younger Julia, D. Junius Silanus, and Ovid ; 8. Novus Principatus: an Imperial Co-operative ; 9. The Hesitation of Tiberius ; 10. "Did You Hear About Agrippa?" ; 11. Germanicus: Successor to Tiberius or Augustus? ; 12. Alternative Government ; APPENDIX 1: A PROSOPOGRAPHY OF M. SCRIBONIUS DRUSUS LIBO ; APEENDIX 2: FAMILY TREES ; APPENDIX 3: TIMELINE ; BIBLIOGRAPHY
About the Author
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.
a refreshing work of scholarship. Bryn Mawr Classical Review
|Publisher: ||Oxford University Press|
|Dimensions: ||22.0 x 14.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.49 kg)|