Tiberius: Degenerate Caesar


Born today: the Emperor Tiberius

Who ex officio was rather imperious.

In his "Lives of the Caesars" Suetonius asserted

Tiberius was a satyr, depraved and  perverted.*

*"The story goes that once, while sacrificing, he took an erotic fancy to an acolyte who carried the incense casket, and could hardly wait for the ceremony to end before hurrying him and his brother, the sacred trumpeter, out of the temple and indecently assaulting them both. When they jointly protested at  this disgusting behavior, he had their legs broken." [Suetonius]

Filed under: history

Tags: 42 B.C. to 37 A.D.


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  • So, that's where Capt. James T. (Tiberius) Kirk got his middle name from! As Mr. Spock would say, "fascinating"....

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thanks, W.G. I don't mean to be arch, but maybe Kirk could---while keeping the initial---change his middle name (nomen) to 'Trajan' who was one of the 'Good Emperors'.

  • Good point, AW!

    Kirk was named after his grandfather, supposedly. Maybe the creators of Star Trek thought the name would suggest history, and military valor.

    Some episodes did have Roman themes (gods and emperors). There's an episode set in an alternate reality (Spock has a beard) where Kirk's ruthless side is really explored.

    On the other hand, Kirk much admired Lincoln.

  • On the other hand, can you find a Caesar who wasn't perverted? Maybe not this much, but...

  • Jack, how about Marcus Aurelius, the Stoic?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Looks like you found one, but also too busy fighting to do much else, but did do a certain amount of begetting with his wife, who sounds like the ancient day Patti Mell (biography.com).

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