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The Birth of the Future Emperor Tiberius

By November 16, 2013

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Tiberius - St Petersburg - Hermitage. First quarter of the 1st century AD. Marble
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On This Day in Ancient History: November 16

In 42 B.C., the future Roman emperor Tiberius (Tiberius Claudius Nero) was born. He died on March 16 A.D. 37. Tiberius was the adopted heir of the first emperor of Rome, Augustus, and became emperor upon his death in A.D. 14. In 26, Tiberius retired to the island of Capri. This left an unscrupulous, greedy and power hungry Praetorian Sejanus in charge at Rome. When Tiberius died, the crowds rejoiced... for a while. Then Caligula, who is known as a crazy and sadistic emperor, became the third emperor of Rome.

Read what Suetonius has to say: Suetonius on Tiberius.

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