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The Adoption of Agrippa Postumus and the Friends of Gaius Caesar

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/9780199601745.003.0004

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This chapter explains Augustus’ decision to adopt Agrippa Postumus in AD 4 by proposing that Augustus and Tiberius were concerned Agrippa was being courted by the ‘wrong people’ and was behaving inappropriately. The treatment of Tiberius’ nephew, the future emperor Claudius, is offered as a comparison. The ‘wrong people’ were former allies of Agrippa’s elder brother, Gaius Caesar. They had encouraged Gaius’ dislike of his stepfather Tiberius, and were blamed by Augustus for leading Gaius astray. The second part of the chapter investigates the enmity between Tiberius and Gaius’ entourage in more detail. It is proposed that when Gaius died in AD 4, Gaius’ friends were in no position to reconcile with the now ascendant Tiberius.

Keywords: Augustus; Agrippa Postumus; adopotion; Gaius Caesar; Tiberius; Claudius; inappropriate behaviour

Chapter.  5373 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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