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Origin of the name TIBERIUS.
Etymology of the name TIBERIUS.
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TIBERIUS.  Biblical.  Roman name meaning "of the Tiber (river)."

    Tiberius, i, m. a prænomen among the Romans, which, according to Valerius Maximus, was first given to those who were born on the banks of Tiber, the Tevere... (Bibliotheca Classica, Dymock, 1833).

Tiberius Cæsar.  [Latin (Cf. Tiber, the river so called)].  [Cæsar.]
    The son of Tiberius Claudius Nero and Livia Drusilla.  He was born B.C. 42.  His father having died, his widowed mother became the wife of Augustus
Cæsar, the first Roman emperor, and young Tiberius his stepson.  He seemed to behave in an exemplary manner whilst yet he was only a subject, and rendered the empire great service by victories over the tribes threatening it on the north.  But Augustus had the penetration to look under the surface of the heir's character, and see moral incapacity, unfitting him to rule.  He fixed first on one and then on another to be his successor; but both died, and there was no help for it but to allow the high dignity, which severely tested capacity in its recipient, to go into the hands of Tiberius.  In A.D. 4 he was adopted by Augustus as his successor, and on the death of his stepfather (A.D. 14) rose without opposition to the imperial dignity.  His evil qualities, hitherto veiled from view, now became conspicuous, and he was found to be a monster of selfishness, dissimulation, cruelty, and lust.  Augustus had gone about slenderly attended: Tiberius, knowing himself to be hated, required more abundant defence, and summoning to Rome the Prætorian, or Palace Guards, he placed them in a fortified camp.  Thereafter, feeling their power, they interfered so scandalously in the election of the emperors, sometimes even making the throne vacant by assassinating its occupant, that they became one of the most potent influences in bringing the Roman empire to an end.  The evil genius of Tiberius was Sejanus, the commandant of the guards, who gave him the advice to retire from the management of the empire, which he did in A.D. 26, to the island of Capreæ, spending his time in sinful pleasures.  The real ruler was Sejanus, who was understood to be aiming at the imperial throne.  He, his relatives, and friends, were all executed in 31 A.D.  In 37 A.D. Tiberius fell into a lethargy, and his death was momentarily expected.  His successor, Caius, or Caligula, was therefore proclaimed.  But instead of death coming, the lethargy showed symptoms of passing away.  Those who had proclaimed the new emperor were in terror for their safety, and took the life of the dying tyrant to save their own.  He was then in his seventy-eighth year, and had reigned above twenty-three years.  When, in the fifteenth year of Tiberius Cæsar (A.D. 29 [?]), John the Baptist began to preach (Luke iii. 1), Tiberius was in seclusion at Capreæ, and Sejanus was the virtual ruler.  When our Lord was crucified (A.D. 32?) Sejanus was gone, and Tiberius was again, to a certain extent, the actual sovereign. (The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter, 1894)


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