Nero and Tiberius both started off as great leaders of Rome. Throughout their leadership many events occurred that caused the general publics view to change on both of them. Comparing Nero, the careless leader to Tiberius, the leader with great accomplishments I found that they are complete opposites. Analyzing the accomplishments, treatment of people, and the overall personality of Nero and Tiberius it can be concluded that Tiberius is a better leader than Nero.
Everyone knows of Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor. There is a whole month named after him. Augustus was a great leader favored by the people and by neighboring countries. But most people don’t know that he also banished his daughter and granddaughter, that his potential heirs kept mysteriously dying, and that he was extremely egotistical. Even though he expanded his empire more than any other leader had before and reformed the entire government of Rome, he still had many pitfalls that kept him from being a perfect leader.
He passed a law that gave himself a five-year rule in Gaul, and he was elected to another five-year term after his first one was over. Overall, Caesar’s campaigns brought in success and greatness for the Roman empire, but in his campaigns, he was forced to wipe out nearly one million people in Gaul (“Julius Caesar”).
The military campaigns of the Caesars made Rome one of the largest empires of the ancient world. Suetonius conveys through his writings that being a good military leader and a good Caesar were synonymous. Augustus, who Suetonius thought an excellent leader, reunited the eastern and western halves of the Roman Empire ( 51) and greatly expanded Romes territory (53). Augustus “showed not only skill as a commander, but courage as a soldier” in the eyes of his contemporaries (47). On the other hand, both Caligula and Nero, considered poor leaders by Suetonius, had very limited military success and aspirations. Only once did Caligula initiate a military exploit, and it was rife with his madness. His campaign into Germany was on a whim and all he accomplished was receiving the surrender of a
Three ideals and traditions of the Roman Republic, lust for power, greed, and loyalty, each contributed to the collapse of the Republic. Desire for power played a major role in the collapse of the Republic because Caesar, the man who arguably began the Republic’s downfall, marched on Rome because he wanted power. The second ideal that led to the Republic’s collapse was greed and the power of money, for example bribing officials in Rome, Crassus’ shocking alliance with Caesar, and Pompey’s strategy to fight Caesar during the first civil war. The last ideal that aided the downfall of the Republic was loyalty, specifically citizens’ loyalty to political leaders or military generals, loyalty between generals and their veterans, and loyalty between political leaders.
Tiberius was 55 when he ruled Rome from his stepfather. Tiberius had turned his back to Rome after Augustus had died. Moved to Capri still ruling Rome and abused the people there. Tiberius died right before they crucified Jesus. Tiberius really did start to abuse his powers and his people and was totally different than Augustus. Tiberius died of natural
The Roman Empire was a vast territory that expanded to three different continents.They were a place of honor, tradition, and respect. Rome has had several different periods, some of peace, and some of violence or unrest, but those were solved quickly and effectively. However, such a magnificent empire could not hold up under the strains that were slowly causing it to collapse. Rome began to face many problems that together allowed the fall of the Roman Empire. The three main problems that caused Rome to fall were invasions by barbarians, an unstable government, and pure laziness and negligence.
Nero’s reign as emperor was a dark one in which he became known as possibly the worst emperor in roman history. Nero executed and persecuted many innocent people. He ignored his responsibilities as emperor as the empire began to crumble around him. Nero was an evil emperor who rose to power very quickly, had very bad relationships with his wives, and eventually allowed his passions to over rule his responsibilities as emperor.
There were many different reasons why Rome fell. For example, when the military weakens and havoc breaks loose. Foreign invaders enter Rome. As Rome’s people start to fight. But what mostly affected Rome’s fall?
Rome is one of the most well known and most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, with a history spanning nearly a millennium. During that millennium Rome went through several major changes. Rome started out as a monarchy then in the 6th century B.C. transitioned into a Republic. As a Republic Rome started truly becoming a powerful civilization, encompassing a large portion of the Mediterranean coast. Though Rome reached great heights as a republic, in the 1st century B.C. the Republic fell and the Roman Empire was born. So what was it exactly that caused this transition from a republic into an empire? Certain events and conditions that happened within the century prior to the collapse allowed for the rise of Julius Caesar and the triumvirate, which eventually led to a fight for power and the fall of the Republic.
An additional cause for the fall of the Roman Empire was the constant change in emperors. The document says, “For the next forty-nine years , the Roman imperials throne was occupied by anyone military strength to seize it -- a total of twenty-two emperors.”(Doc 1, 3-5). In short this means that they would let anyone with military experience came to power. The effect of the decision is that the majority of the emperors either died in battle or was assassinated . The Empire didn’t have a stable leader which is why the Empire fell. They needed a leader that would stay in power for a long time to keep the Empire from breaking into chaos. This compares to the Han Dynasty because they also didn’t have stable emperors which caused the society
Sejanus rose to fame as commander and chief of the praetorian guard from 14 CE until his death in 31 CE. In the 20s CE Sejanus gradually grew powerful by exerting his influence over Tiberius and eliminating any political opponents. When apparently under Sejanus’ encouragement and instructions Tiberius retired to Capri in 26 CE, Sejanus was left to handle the administration of the empire, his ruling imperium thus becoming authoritative. In 31 CE he became consul and had aspirations of also acquiring tribunician power. But during that same year he swiftly fell from grace amongst general suspicion and accusations of scheming against the life of Tiberius and the future emperor Caligula; he was quickly arrested, trialled in the senate, and executed
When discussing Augustus and Caligula it is simple to bring up the subject of public works and law. Augustus had the most success with his many projects, including the Temple of Mars the Avenger, the Palatine Temple of Apollo, and the Temple of Jupiter the Thunderer on the Capitol. Many colonnade, basilica, and theater were erected and named after relatives. He urged many renowned
During his time as consul, Caesar passed a number of reforms through the Senate including giving land to poor Romans, making sure military veterans had landed after their service, and also a law against extortion, or threatening someone to get what you want. After his time as consul, Caesar spent nearly a decade in the Roman province of Gaul located in present-day France. During this time, there were many tribes at war but thanks to Caesar's strong abilities as a governor and general, he managed to end their rebellions and bring all of Gaul under Roman control. In 44 B.C. Caesar was named the dictator for life of Rome. During his time as dictator, he managed to overhaul the tax system, rebuild parts of the Roman Empire, and improve the calendar (Also called the Julian