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Tiberius the Wise


Jan van der Crabben
by Edward Champlin, Princeton University
published on 07 November 2011
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This is one of five parerga preparatory to a book to be entitled Tiberius on Capri, which will explore the interrelationship between culture and empire, between Tiberius’ intellectual passions (including astrology, gastronomy, medicine, mythology, and literature) and his role as princeps. These five papers do not so much develop an argument as explore significant themes which will be examined and deployed in the book in different contexts. This paper examines the extraordinary but scattered evidence for a contemporary perception of Tiberius as the wise and pious old monarch of folklore.
This paper has now been published in Historia vol. 57 (2008), pp. 408-425.

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Written by Edward Champlin, Princeton University, linked by Jan van der Crabben, published 07 November 2011. Source URL:

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