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By Alisdair Gibson

This choice of essays considers the not easy questions round the formation, institution and continuation of the Julio-Claudian principate from the arrival to energy of Augustus. Augustus laid down the floor ideas for a princeps, and the essays discover the following transition of energy, and the way the succession and next rule manifested itself, even supposing there has been no formal mechanism for this kind of move. those essays absolutely make the most of the extant literary, epigraphic, numismatic and visible list to guage Augustus’ “political legacy”. The illustration, and retention, of strength used to be a severe factor for the princeps and his matters, and the participants supply clean political and literary research of elements of the principates of Augustus, Tiberius, Claudius and Nero.

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61 ILS 139–140 = EJ 68–69; these decrees are especially well-discussed by Rowe (2002) 102– 123. suetonius and the succession to augustus 31 offerings would be made to his spirit; an embassy was authorized to go to Rome to seek permission from Augustus. Two years later, the Pisans voted a lengthy period of mourning, yearly sacrifices, and construction of an elaborate arch on the attic of which would stand a statue of Gaius in triumphal dress and two gilded equestrian statues of Gaius and Lucius.

For Suetonius, more than anything else itself knowledge of imperial destiny is the key to power. The lives of the Caesars are full of astrologers, Thrasyllus and Seleucus, Nero’s Balbillus (Ner. 1) and Domitian’s Ascletarion (Dom. 2. There is the physiognomist of Tit. , Aug. 5, 12; Ner. 1, Vit. 2; Vesp. 25). Emperors tried to control knowledge of the future, by suppressing astrologers (Vit. 4), for example, or professed to control it, as Nero did when he claimed he was in possession of a statuette that foretold the future (Ner.

Corbett (1974), Levick (1976) 31–67, Judge (1977), Bowersock (1984), Hurlet (1997) esp. 365–538, Severy (2003) 158–212, Wiseman (2004) 227–277, Levick (2010) 180–189. ”24 Any treatment of “Augustus and the Succession” needs, therefore, to keep constantly in mind this lack of explicitness throughout Augustus’ lifetime. The question remains, though: was Augustus implicitly trying to promote the idea of a direct successor of an “institutionalized position”, and, as Syme argued, a hereditary successor in particular?

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