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Alternative Government

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/9780199601745.003.0013

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Chapter Twelve offers a new interpretation for the destruction of Drusus Libo. It is argued that Drusus Libo was a problem for Tiberius in AD 14. He was wooed by Agrippa’s supporters, but finally accepted an offer from Tiberius to form a political alliance. Feeling more secure, Tiberius formally acknowledged his position as Princeps. The alliance was, however, awkward and unstable and fell apart in AD 16. Drusus Libo turned instead to Tiberius’ enemies, who were planning to overthrow the government using a pseudo-Agrippa (i.e. Clemens). It is proposed that the conspirators were planning to dismantle the Principate and call free elections: an open rebuke of Augustus’ legacy and Tiberius’ domination.

Keywords: Drusus Libo; Tiberius; Agrippa; Princeps; supreme power; Principate; elections

Chapter.  9517 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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