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Augustus’ Final Arrangements

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/9780199601745.003.0007

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This chapter offers a new interpretation for Agrippa’s exile and incarceration on the island of Planasia in AD 7. It is proposed that, once Agrippa had been abdicated and sent to Surrentum in AD 6, his personality became part of a violent political programme that challenged the regime, and threatened Tiberius’ position. In the wake of Paullus’ defeat, those opposed to Tiberius began to think seriously about Agrippa. Agrippa was therefore incarcerated on an island because he was now a potential threat. He was, however, guilty of no crime. This chapter also offers a new explanation for a violent election season in AD 7. It is argued that voters were angry with changes recently made to the voting system. A new interpretation of Augustus’ electoral reforms is put forward.

Keywords: Agrippa; Planasia; Surrentum; Tiberius; elections; violence; exile

Chapter.  8322 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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