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Introduction

Andrew Pettinger

in The Republic in Danger

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199601745
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741524 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601745.003.0001

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The introduction points out that the Principate established by Augustus is usually treated as a benign and popular political structure, but that the case of M. Scribonius Drusus Libo throws doubt on this view. The case is connected with the conspiracy of the pseudo Agrippa Postumus, (i.e. Clemens). Drusus Libo was chosen as heir to a political movement bent on denying Tiberius his right. Finally, the reader learns that the result of the book is a re-conception of the Principate: it was brutal, destructive and met with serious opposition.

Keywords: Drusus Libo; Agrippa Postumus; Clemens; Principate; Augustus; Tiberius

Chapter.  806 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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