The Republic in Danger: Drusus Libo and the Succession of Tiberius by Andrew Pettinger

The Republic in Danger: Drusus Libo and the Succession of Tiberius

byAndrew Pettinger

Hardcover | June 24, 2012

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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 unconvincedthat 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'sprosecution 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 ourunderstanding 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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Title:The Republic in Danger: Drusus Libo and the Succession of TiberiusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pagesPublished:June 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199601747

ISBN - 13:9780199601745

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. An Urgent Summons and a Terrible Charge2. The Treatment of an Enemy3. The Adoption of Agrippa Postumus and the Friends of Gaius Caesar4. Growing Pains5. The Buck Stops Where?6. Augustus Final Arrangements7. The exiles of the younger Julia, D. Junius Silanus, and Ovid8. Novus Principatus: an Imperial Co-operative9. The Hesitation of Tiberius10. "Did You Hear About Agrippa?"11. Germanicus: Successor to Tiberius or Augustus?12. Alternative GovernmentAppendix 1: A Prosopography of M. Scribonius Drusus LiboAppendix 2: Family TreesAppendix 3: TimelineBibliography