The Republic in Danger
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The Republic in Danger

By Andrew Pettinger
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M. Scribonius Drusus Libo has always been considered an inexplicable victim of predatory prosecutors, destroyed in the changed conditions of Tiberius’ succession to the founder of the Principate. This is wrong. Drusus Libo conspired with a group of Tiberius’ opponents to challenge Tiberius’ right. The senate’s investigation of Drusus Libo will be examined in Chapter One and Chapter Two. It will be shown that Drusus Libo was treated in a way reminiscent of Catiline’s associate P. Lentulus Sura in 63 bc. Drusus Libo’s collaborators are then identified as a group of persons who supported first Gaius Caesar, then L. Aemilius Paullus and finally Agrippa Postumus. It is argued that the relationship of this group to Tiberius was beyond repair long before he succeeded Augustus. Tiberius’ succession to the supreme power in ad 14 signalled, therefore, a decisive defeat for this group. The succession is thus reconsidered from a new point of view: it was by no means sewn up. Drusus Libo is central to our understanding of Tiberius’ behaviour at this time. This is what the book examines in detail. A new historical model for the years 6 bc to ad 16 is offered, which has repercussions for the study of both the preceding and subsequent periods. The book is therefore a contribution to the study of the invention of the Principate at Rome.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. An Urgent Summons and a Terrible Charge
    • The narrative
    • An emergency sitting of the senate
    • A terrible charge
  • 2. The Treatment of an Enemy
    • Inability to obtain defence counsel
    • Drusus Libo in custodia
    • Damnatio memoriae and public offerings of thanks
  • 3. The Adoption of Agrippa Postumus and the Friends of Gaius Caesar
    • The adoption of Agrippa
    • The wrong friends
  • 4. Growing Pains
    • Agrippa and the toga virilis
    • Abdicatio and Agrippa
  • 5. The Buck Stops Where?
    • The crisis
    • The sedition of Tiberius’ rival L. Aemilius Paullus
  • 6. Augustus’ Final Arrangements
    • The relegatio of Agrippa
    • The Lex Valeria Cornelia
    • The elections of AD 7
  • 7. The Exiles of the Younger Julia, D. Junius Silanus, and the poet Ovid
  • 8. Novus Principatus: An Imperial Co-operative
  • 9. The Hesitation of Tiberius
  • 10. “Did You Hear About Agrippa?”
  • 11. Germanicus: Successor to Tiberius or Augustus?
  • 12. Alternative Government
    • An awkward alliance
    • A false dawn
    • Future directions
  • Appendix 1 A Prosopography of M. Scribonius Drusus Libo
  • Appendix 2 Family Trees
  • Appendix 3 Timeline
    • 6 BC–AD 13
    • AD 14–AD 16
  • Bibliography
  • General Index
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    • D
    • E
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    • G
    • J
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    • M
    • N
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    • P
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    • T
    • V
  • Index of Sources
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    • F
    • G
    • H
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    • Q
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