Historical Figure Facebook Project
Tiberius Claudius Nero
By: Latesha Mason
Computer Science Class
Crossroads@Meade (Philadelphia, PA)
MY HISTORICAL FIGURE
TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS NERO
Tiberius Claudius Nero was born on 16 November 42 B.C. to Ti. Claudius Nero and Livia Drusillia. Both parents were scions of the gens Claudia which had supplied leaders to the Roman Republic for many generations. Through his mother Tiberius also enjoyed genealogical connections to prominent Republican houses such as the Servilii Caepiones, the Aemilii Lepidi, and the Livii Drusi. From his birth, then, Tiberius was destined for public life. But during his boyhood the old Republican system of rule by Senate and magistrates, which had been tottering for decades, was finally toppled and replaced by an autocracy under the able and ambitious Octavian (later namedAugustus). It proved fateful for Tiberius when, in 39 B.C., his mother Livia divorced Ti. Claudius Nero and married Octavian, thereby making the infant Tiberius the stepson of the future ruler of the Roman world. Forever afterward, Tiberius was to have his name coupled with this man, and always to his detriment. Tiberius became famous because he maintained without expanding the Roman Empire he inherited from his step- father, Augustus. He brought stability and prosperity to the Empire.
The reason why I decided to pick Tiberius Is because I learned all about the Roman Empire and out of all the rulers, he stood out to me the most. I did gain more knowledge about Tiberius from doing this project. One new fact that I learned about him was he established the concept of ruler as god and improved the Roman economy, though his erratic behavior made him unpopular with citizenry and the senate.