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CaptionIn 6 BC on the verge of accepting command in the East and becoming the second most powerful man in Rome Tiberius suddenly announced his withdrawal from politics and retired to Rhodes. The precise motives for Tiberius's withdrawal are unclear. Historians have speculated a connection with the fact that Augustus had adopted Julia's sons Gaius and Lucius and seemed to be moving them along the same political path that both Tiberius and Drusus had trod. Tiberius thus seemed to be an interim solution; he would hold power only until his stepsons would come of age and then be swept aside. The promiscuous and very public behavior of his unhappily married wife Julia may have also played a part; indeed Tacitus calls it Tiberius' intima causa his innermost reason for departing for Rhodes and seems to ascribe the entire move to a hatred of Julia and a longing for Vipsania.Tiberius had found himself married to a woman he loathed who publicly humiliated him with nighttime escapades in the Forum and forbidden to see the woman he had loved. _________________ Whatever Tiberius's motives the withdrawal was almost disastrous for Augustus's succession plans. Gaius and Lucius were still in their early teens and Augustus now 57 years old had no immediate successor. There was no longer a guarantee of a peaceful transfer of power after Augustus's death nor a guarantee that his family and therefore his family's allies would continue to hold power should the position of princeps survive. Tiberius reportedly discovered the error of his ways and requested to return to Rome several times; each time Augustus refused the request. With Tiberius's departure succession rested solely on Augustus' two young grandsons Lucius and Gaius Caesar. The situation became more precarious in AD 2 with the death of Lucius; Augustus with perhaps some prompting from Livia allowed Tiberius to return to Rome as a private citizen and nothing more.
HeadlineUnusual road for Tiberius Roman Emperor successor to Augustus
KeywordsRoman-Emperor
Copyright Noticewiki/Tiberius
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiberius

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