By Alisdair Gibson

This selection of essays considers the demanding questions round the formation, institution and continuation of the Julio-Claudian principate from the arrival to strength of Augustus. Augustus laid down the floor ideas for a princeps, and the essays discover the next transition of energy, and the way the succession and next rule manifested itself, even supposing there has been no formal mechanism for this type of move. those essays totally make the most of the extant literary, epigraphic, numismatic and visible list to guage Augustus’ “political legacy”. The illustration, and retention, of strength was once a serious factor for the princeps and his matters, and the members supply clean political and literary research of elements of the principates of Augustus, Tiberius, Claudius and Nero.

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85 In the long run, then, Augustus’ plans for the succession, as Suetonius saw it, beyond the adoption of his actual successor Tiberius, proved ultimately inconsequential. What did count was the way Augustus’ hopes were dashed: “Though he was happy and confident in his offspring and the training of his household, Fortune forsook Augustus … within the span of eighteen months, he lost Gaius and Lucius both” (Aug. 1). If the plans Augustus and the rest of the Roman world made for Gaius and Lucius were a model that was to be emulated, at the same time their unexpected deaths proved a useful memory too for later emperors, and for those trying to make sense of later emperors and imperial rule.

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85 Potter (1994) 161–162 discusses Hadrian’s deployment of signs in ad117 in relationship to Trajan’s failure to name a successor at least until his death bed. See also Wallace-Hadrill (1983) 191–197, treating prognostication as a “characteristic feature of imperial society” (195). I hope to have suggested here that it is especially relevant to a monarchy that would not call itself that and was marked by notable dynastic discontinuity. suetonius and the succession to augustus 39 Bibliography Barrett, A.

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