Though an energetic administrator and leader

Though an energetic administrator and leader -...

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Though an energetic administrator and leader, Augustus suffered from nearly chronic ill-health.  Thus, succession remained a worry that never left him. Out-and-out familial succession would  shatter the political balance of the Principate, so he wanted to show-manage it. His original hope  had been for his comrade and colleague Agrippa to succeed him as Princeps, and then the latter's  children would succeed to the position. When Agrippa died at the age of fifty- one in 12 BCE at  the height of his power, though, plans had to be reconsidered. Augustus then had to turn to  Livia's sons. Livia was his wife, and had been given to him by her first husband T. Claudius  Nero. Augustus had gone on to adopt her sons, Tiberius Drusus, as his own. Tiberius was an able  general and good administrator, but totally without popular charisma. Drusus was also able, and  had panache, yet he died in 9 BCE. Tiberius had been married to Agrippa's widow Julia, so that  he could attain Agrippa's position. This did not work; the two did not get along, and Tiberius 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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