Who was Watching Whom? A Reassessment of the Conflict between Germanicus and PisoAmerican Journal of Philology
DescriptionDespite Tacitus’ insinuations to the contrary, Cn. Calpurnius Piso (cos. 7 b.c.e.) was no friend and loyal supporter of Emperor Tiberius. The emperor offered Piso the command of Syria in an effort to win over the political support of this prestigious-but-recalcitrant senator. As a safeguard should Piso attempt something treacherous in this powerful command, Tiberius gave Piso the province at a time when Germanicus Caesar—the emperor’s loyal adopted son and heir—would be in the East resolving a number of economic problems in the eastern provinces. Thus Piso was not sent to watch the prince, but to be watched by him.
PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
Citation InformationFred K. Drogula. "Who was Watching Whom? A Reassessment of the Conflict between Germanicus and Piso" American Journal of Philology Vol. 136 Iss. 1 (2015) p. 121 - 153 ISSN: 1086-3168
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