Tiberius- Roman Empire

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“Tiberius was the second emperor of Rome and a highly-successful soldier whose reputation for arrogance and debauchery is probably unfounded” (BBC History)
Tiberius was a significant Julio-Claudian emperor who applied a great deal of contributions to the Roman Empire during his reign… The Julio-Claudian dynasty refers to the first five Roman Emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula (also known as Gaius), Claudius, and Nero and the family to which they belonged. They ruled the Roman Empire from its formation, in the second half of the 1st century 27 BC, until AD 68, when the last of the line, Nero, committed suicide. The ancient historical writers, Suetonius and Tacitus, write from the point of view of the Roman senatorial aristocracy, and
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Therefore, Tiberius’s military success and notable actions add to the continuity and change during this period.

Just like Augustus, Tiberius assisted in the political developments of the empire, which contributed to both the continuity and change in the Julio-Claudian period. He had regularly attended the senate which caused him to bring great significance of political debate. As his reign progressed, Tiberius became increasingly frustrated with the senate. He became so annoyed that he commended that they were ‘men fit to be slaves.’ Levick notes that “the senate, functioning as a court, was being exploited by rival factions…and incapable of operating as a serious deliberative body.” (Levick, Tiberius, p. 113). This led to Tiberius’s escape from Rome to settle on Capri in AD 26 as he didn’t want the responsibility of emperorship anymore. This had a significant impact on Rome as the centre of government changed, with Sejanus rise in the provinces.

Tiberius also assisted individuals to meet the financial qualifications of the senatorial group. The senate offered Tiberius titles and honours, which he refused, due to the failure of senators to uphold their responsibilities. An example of this is in AD 21; Tiberius reminded the senate that the province of Africa required a new governor who would control the rebellion that was occurring there. The senate showed itself to be inadequate at this point, for it wanted

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