The Buck Stops Where?

Andrew Pettinger

in The Republic in Danger

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199601745
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741524 | DOI:

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This chapter offers a political explanation for Agrippa’s abdicatio. A combination of crises in AD 5 and 6 led to popular anger at the government’s inability to manage. Revolutionary pamphlets spread across Rome. L. Aemilius Paullus, the husband of Augustus’ granddaughter Julia and a relative of Agrippa’s, is identified as the chief architect of the protest. It is proposed that Gaius’ supporters, and Tiberius’ enemies, lurked behind Paullus. They were trying to destabilise Tiberius’ relationship with Augustus and the people. Agrippa was ‘abdicated’ and sent to Surrentum because he displayed sympathy for the troublemakers. L. Aemilius Paullus was prosecuted for treason. This chapter contains a refutation of R. A. Bauman’s theory regarding covert defamation as treason; it is shown that the case did not involve covert defamation, but overt sedition.

Keywords: L. Aemilius Paullus; Gaius; Tiberius; Agrippa; abdicatio; R.A. Bauman; defamation; sedition; treason

Chapter.  11708 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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