Tacitus Quote Analysis
After the death of Augustus, Tiberius took control. Tacitus explained that Tiberius first act, lusting for the throne, was to commit the crime of assassination. Agrippa Postumus was assassinated by a staff officer of the Roman army. The staff officer was described as finding it a hard task. But as a loyal staff officer to the emperor, he carried out his orders. Tiberius, in an attempt to clean himself of the assassination, was going to make the staff officer go before the senate for his actions. Crispus, Tiberius confidant, informed Livia, “He warned Livia that palace secrets, and the advice of friends, and services performed by the army, were best undivulged: and Tiberius must not weaken the throne by referring everything to the senate.” According to Tacitus, Crispus insured that the army would not lose trust in Tiberius, maintaining a cohesive bond in the relationship of the emperor with the army.
Augustus, even from the after-life, thanked the Roman army for its loyalty to their emperor. Tacitus wrote, “A thousand to every Guardsman, five hundred each to the troops of the capital, three hundred to every citizen soldier, whether he belonged to a regular brigade or to an auxiliary battalion.” Augustus understood the importance of having the Roman army’s loyalty to the emperor. Tiberius, as successor, would benefit with immediate loyalty and support from the inheritance given to the legionaries. Tiberius, immediately after Augustus death, utilized the…