16 March AD 37: On this Day

The Roman emperor Tiberius died at the age of 78, he was only the second emperor of Rome he had been one of Rome’s greatest generals having conquered Pannonia, Rhaetia and Dalmatia. He was already an old man when he became princeps and it can be argued that he was more interested in retiring than ruling the Empire which led to major issues with Sejanus. Tiberius is remembered as dark, sombre and reclusive.

Tiberius left the empire to the care of Caligula and Tiberius Gemellus, Caligula immediately voided Tiberius Gemellus’ claim to the principate initiating one of the very dark periods of Roman history.