Tiberius

The Fall of Sejanus – Prof Kevin Butcher

The Fall of Sejanus – Prof Kevin Butcher

Professor Kevin Butcher from the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick takes a closer look at coins from the ancient world and discovers new meanings and insight into the lives of emperors, nobles and ordinary people from this time in history. Here Professor Butcher looks at a coin minted in the Spanish city of Bilbilis in AD 31 and how it records the rise and fall of Emperor Tiberius' henchman Sejanus.

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Nero Claudius Drusus 38 – 9 B.C

Drusus was an able and widely admired general and privately favored by Augustus as his successor. However, he died from an accident leaving his brother Tiberius as the most eligible candidate. He was also the father of the future emperor Claudius.   AU Aureus (Posthumous) RIC 71 (Claudius), BMC 100 (Claudius), Vagi 487, C 3 Aureus Obv: NEROCLAVDIVSDRVSVSGERMANICVSIMP - Laureate head left. Rev: No legend - Triumphal arch reading DE GERMANIS; statue of Claudius riding horse left and two trophies above. 41-45 (Rome). $5,771 12/5/02. AR Denarius (Posthumous) RIC 70 (Claudius),...

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Livia 58 B.C. – 29 A.D.

Livia was the mother of Tiberius and grandmother of Claudius. She married at the age of 15 and was forced to get a divorce a year or two later to marry Octavian instead. After her death at 87 she was consecrated by Claudius. AE Dupondius (Posthumous) RIC 43 (Tiberius), BMC 98, C 1 Dupondius Obv: PIETAS - Veiled bust right. Rev: DRVSVSCAESARTIAVGVSTIFTRPOTITER - Large SC. $800 1/16/02. RIC 46 (Tiberius), BMC 79, C 4 Dupondius Obv: IVSTITIA - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: TICAESARDIVIAVGFAVGTRPOTXXIIII - Large SC. RIC 47 (Tiberius), C 5 Dupondius Obv: SALVSAVGVSTA - Diademed,...

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Germanicus 15 B.C. – 19 A.D.

The father of Caligula, brother of Tiberius and stepson of Augustus, Germanicus held an enviable imperial pedigree. He was an able and loved general who had the rare Augustan traits of moderation and leadership without excess. Even though Augustus appointed Tiberius emperor he far preferred the qualities of Germanicus and left plans in place to ensure that he stayed in the limelight and perhaps succeed Tiberius. Unfortunately, his popularity grew to such an extent that Tiberius became jealous for he knew that it would take little arm-twisting from the part of Germanicus to mount a coup that would...

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Drusus 38 B.C. – 23 A.D.

Son of Tiberius who was murdered (by poisoning) by his wife Livilla in league with a plot by the traitorous Sejanus.   AE Sestertius RIC 42 (Tiberius), BMC 95 (Tiberius), BN 72 (Tiberius), C 1 Sestertius Obv: Confronted heads of Drusus' children on crossed cornuacopiae, with caduceus between. Rev: DRVSVSCAESARTIAVGFDIVIAVGNPONTTRPOTII - Legend around large S C. 22-23 (Rome). $3,700 1/13/03.   AE As RIC 45 (Tiberius), BMC 99 (Tiberius), Vagi 470 As Obv: DRVSVSCAESARTIAVGFDIVIAVGN - Bare head left. Rev: PONTIFTRIBVNPOTESTITER - Legend around large SC. 22-23 (Rome).   AE...

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Caligula 37 – 41 A.D.

Caligula's real name was Gaius Caesar but earned the nickname with which he is known by from the type of army boots he wore during childhood. One of the most enigmatic Roman emperors, the early part of his career had him start out as an ordinary and modest man. His granduncle Tiberius had wished Caligula along with Gemellus (Caligula's cousin) to be joint emperors. Instead, Caligula adopted him but never gave him any official role. At some point Caligula underwent a transformation, supposedly after an illness that transformed him into a maniacal and cruel person. As seen on the erotic movie of the same...

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