But he had the old arrogance inbred in the Claudian family, and many symptoms of a cruel temper, though they were repressed, now and then broke out.
Ann Book I Chapter 4: Augustus' succession(cont.)
The first crime of the new reign was the murder of Postumus Agrippa.
Ann Book I Chapter 6: Murder of Agrippa Posthumus (14 AD)
He had not even adopted Tiberius as his successor out of affection or any regard to the State, but, having thoroughly seen his arrogant and savage temper, he had sought glory for himself by a contrast of extreme wickedness.
Ann Book I Chapter 10: The reign of Augustus(cont.)
Proud and mysterious reserve that marked the conversation and the features of Tiberius
Ann Book I Chapter 33: Revolt in Germania. Germanicus
Had disdained him (Tiberius) as an unequal match.
Ann Book I Chapter 53: Death of Julia and Gracchus
By Julia the Elder
This Tiberius did not approve, either interpreting unfavourably every act of Germanicus, or because he thought that the spectacle of the slain and unburied made the army slow to fight and more afraid of the enemy, and that a general invested with the augurate and its very ancient ceremonies ought not to have polluted himself with funeral rites.
Ann Book I Chapter 62: War with the Germans. Funeral of the remains
All this was inflamed and aggravated by Sejanus, who, with his thorough comprehension of the character of Tiberius, sowed for a distant future hatreds which the emperor might treasure up and might exhibit when fully matured.
Ann Book I Chapter 69: War with the Germans. The bridge over the Rhine
For he had revived the law of treason
Ann Book I Chapter 72: Prosecutions for Majestas
It was part of Tiberius' character to prolong indefinitely military commands and to keep many men to the end of their life with the same armies and in the same administrations. Various motives have been assigned for this. Some say that, out of aversion to any fresh anxiety, he retained what he had once approved as a permanent arrangement; others, that he grudged to see many enjoying promotion. Some, again, think that though he had an acute intellect, his judgment was irresolute, for he did not seek out eminent merit, and yet he detested vice. From the best men he apprehended danger to himself, from the worst, disgrace to the State. He went so far at last in this irresolution, that he appointed to provinces men whom he did not mean to allow to leave Rome.
Ann Book I Chapter 80: Prolonging military commands
But he would not therefore accept the title of father of the country" which once before too had been offered him, and he sharply rebuked those who called his work divine" and himself lord.
Ann Book II Chapter 87: On corn prices.
Flattery there was none, for all knew that Tiberius could scarcely dissemble his joy at the death of Germanicus.
Ann Book III Chapter 2: The funeral of Germanicus
And he was also careful not to distress the provinces by new burdens, and to see that in bearing the old they were safe from any rapacity or oppression on the part of governors
Ann Book IV Chapter 6: Tiberius' administration
He had indeed a tall, singularly slender and stooping figure, a bald head, a face full of eruptions, and covered here and there with plasters
Ann Book I Chapter 57: War with the Germans. Segestes gets help
Tiberius however, making no change in his voluptuous life, excused himself by letter for his absence from his last duty to his mother on the ground of the pressure of business. He even abridged, out of moderation, as it seemed, the honours which the Senate had voted on a lavish scale to her memory, allowing only a very few, and adding that no religious worship was to be decreed, this having been her own wish
Ann Book V Chapter 1: Death of Livia
In shame at the vices and profligacies into which he had plunged so unrestrainedly that in the fashion of a despot he debauched the children of free-born citizens. It was not merely beauty and a handsome person which he felt as an incentive to his lust, but the modesty of childhood in some, and noble ancestry in others. Hitherto unknown terms were then for the first time invented, derived from the abominations of the place and the endless phases of sensuality. Slaves were set over the work of seeking out and procuring, with rewards for the willing, and threats to the reluctant, and if there was resistance from a relative or a parent, they used violence and force, and actually indulged their own passions as if dealing with captives.
Ann Book VI Chapter 1: Tiberius on Capri. His vices
Was it probable that, when Tiberius with his long experience of affairs was, under the influence of absolute power, wholly perverted and changed, Gaius Caesar, who had hardly completed his boyhood, was thoroughly ignorant and bred under the vilest training, would enter on a better course, with Macro for his guide, who having been selected for his superior wickedness, to crush Sejanus had by yet more numerous crimes been the scourge of the State?
Ann Book VI Chapter 48: Arruntius and Albucilla
By Lucius Arruntius
Tiberius too thoroughly understood the art of balancing words, and was sometimes forcible in the expression of his thoughts, or else intentionally obscure
Ann Book XIII Chapter 3: The funeral of Claudius
And when Tiberius, in a letter, complained of the affront with great earnestness, he returned him an answer in the following terms: Do not, my dear Tiberius, give way to the ardour of youth in this affair; nor be so indignant that any person should speak ill of me. It is enough, for us, if we can prevent anyone from really doing us mischief.
Stn Augustus, Chapter 51: On insults.
He showed marked respect to Livia Augusta, to whose favor he owed great influence during her lifetime and by whose last will he almost became a rich man; for he had the largest bequest among her legatees, one of fifty million sesterces. But because the sum was designated in figures and not written out in words, Tiberius, who was her heir, reduced the bequest to five hundred thousand, and Galba never received even that amount.
Stn Galba, Chapter 5: Galba as husband and heir
Alas for the Roman people, to be ground by jaws that crunch so slowly!"
Stn Tiberius Chapter 21: Death of Augustus
and often led him to say that he was holding a wolf by the ears.
Stn Tiberius Chapter 25: Tiberius feels threatened
he wrote in answer that it was the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not skin it.
Stn Tiberius Chapter 32: A modest start (cont.)
He issued an edict forbidding general kissing, as well as the exchange of New Year's gifts after the Kalends of January
Stn Tiberius Chapter 34: His frugality.
He abolished foreign cults, especially the Egyptian and the Jewish rites, compelling all who were addicted to such superstitions to burn their religious vestments and all their paraphernalia
Stn Tiberius Chapter 36: Foreign cults.
When a deputation from Ilium offered him somewhat belated condolences, he replied with a smile, as if the memory of his bereavement had faded from his mind, that they, too, had his sympathy for the loss of their eminent fellow-citizen Hector.
Stn Tiberius Chapter 52: Death of Germanicus and Drusus
Let them hate me, provided they respect my conduct.
Stn Tiberius Chapter 59: A poem about all of it.
He used at times to call Priam happy, because he had outlived all his kindred.
Stn Tiberius Chapter 62: Further cruelties.
He forbade anyone to consult soothsayers secretly and without witnesses
Stn Tiberius Chapter 63: Politics.
He was nevertheless immoderately afraid of thunder.
Stn Tiberius Chapter 69: Afraid of thunder.