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The Republic in Danger: Drusus Libo and the Succession of Tiberius

Andrew Pettinger


M. Scribonius Drusus Libo has always been considered an inexplicable victim of predatory prosecutors, destroyed in the changed conditions of Tiberius’ succession to the founder of the Principate. This is wrong. Drusus Libo conspired with a group of Tiberius’ opponents to challenge Tiberius’ right. The senate’s investigation of Drusus Libo will be examined in Chapter One and Chapter Two. It will be shown that Drusus Libo was treated in a way reminiscent of Catiline’s associate P. Lentulus Sura in 63 BC. Drusus Libo’s collaborators are then identified as a group of persons who supported first Ga ... More

Keywords: Scribonius Drusus Libo, Tiberius, Augustus, Agrippa Postumus, Germanicus, Aemilius Paullus, succession, Gaius Caesar, Principate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199601745
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601745.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Pettinger, author
Associate of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Sydney