Early life, foreign policy, domestic policy, Tacitus ch.9
Predecessor: Gaius Caligula, nephew by brother Germanicus
Successor: Nero, grandnephew by brother Germanicus and stepson by 4th wife Agrippina
Found hidden behind a curtain by praetorian guard; chosen by them. Took days/weeks to convince the senate - subsequently had the records of these debates removed.
Murdered by a poisoned feather - general consensus blames Agrippina
Pre-emperorship, 10BC - 41AD
Part of the Julio-Claudian dynasty - great-great-grandnephew of Julius Caesar
Father Decimus Drusus
With assistance of Sulpicius Flavius
In appealing to Tiberius, he was snubbed twice. Retreated from public life and became an 'observer', turning instead to living a life of academia and writing.
(- took place in same place as Tacfarinas' rebellions)
-Able generals sent out to Mauretania by Claudius to deal with rebellion
- Rebellion effectively put down
- Mauretania made into two imperial provinces
- Some minor troubles continued
Sons of conspirators including Scribonianus given immunity (temp.)
equestrians and thirty-five senators killed
Mithridates of Armenia: client king under protection of Rome. Civil War between the two - (advantage of Rome beyond the borders of the Empire). Internal war in Parthia enables Mithridates, with Roman support, to regain Armenia.
German tribe north of Roman province of Lower Germany. Here the Chauci are "free from internal dissension" and united (under Gannascus, a member of the Canninefates tribe) and are making incursions into Roman territory.
Looting of the province - "Corbulo's careful methods soon won him the fame that dates from this campaign".
Used powers to curtail senate