Tiberius in Wikipedia
Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus (November 16, 42 BC – March 16, AD 37), born Tiberius Claudius Nero, was Roman Emperor from
14 AD to 37 AD. Tiberius was by birth a Claudian, son of Tiberius Claudius Nero and Livia Drusilla. His mother divorced his
father and was remarried to Augustus in 39 BC, making him a step-son of Octavian. Tiberius would later marry Augustus'
daughter Julia the Elder (from his marriage to Scribonia) and even later be adopted by Augustus, by which act he officially
became a Julian, bearing the name Tiberius Julius Caesar. The subsequent emperors after Tiberius would continue this
blended dynasty of both families for the next forty years; historians have named it the Julio-Claudian dynasty. In
relations to the other emperors of this dynasty, Tiberius was the stepson of Augustus, great-uncle of Caligula, paternal
uncle of Claudius, and great-great uncle of Nero.
Tiberius was one of Rome's greatest generals, conquering Pannonia, Dalmatia, Raetia, and temporarily Germania; laying the
foundations for the northern frontier. But he came to be remembered as a dark, reclusive, and somber ruler who never really
desired to be emperor; Pliny the Elder called him tristissimus hominum, "the gloomiest of men." After the death of
Tiberius’ son Drusus Julius Caesar in 23, the quality of his rule declined and ended in a terror. In 26, Tiberius exiled
himself from Rome and left administration largely in the hands of his unscrupulous Praetorian Prefects Sejanus and Macro.
Caligula, Tiberius' grand-nephew and adopted grandson, succeeded the emperor upon his death...