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Cyberseeker
Oct 7th 2008, 10:12 PM
When Jesus was a teenager, Augustus was Emperor of Rome until he died 19th August AD14. His adopted son Tiberius succeeded him. However he had an arrangement whereby Tiberius reigned equally as co-regent with his father from AD12 until AD14. His equality was such that he even sat in the emperors seat at senate meetings during this time.

Now a question for anyone who is familiar with Roman politics. Were there any other examples of 'co-regency' in the Roman Empire? Or was this precedent unique to Augustus and Tiberius?

Thanks for any help, :)

Cyberseeker

(ps. yes, this does relate to Bible study - Luke 3:1-3)

apothanein kerdos
Oct 7th 2008, 10:37 PM
When Jesus was a teenager, Augustus was Emperor of Rome until he died 19th August AD14. His adopted son Tiberius succeeded him. However he had an arrangement whereby Tiberius reigned equally as co-regent with his father from AD12 until AD14. His equality was such that he even sat in the emperors seat at senate meetings during this time.

Now a question for anyone who is familiar with Roman politics. Were there any other examples of 'co-regency' in the Roman Empire? Or was this precedent unique to Augustus and Tiberius?

Thanks for any help, :)

Cyberseeker

(ps. yes, this does relate to Bible study - Luke 3:1-3)

Augustus was probably referring back to his days during the Second Triumvirate where he, Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony, and Lepidus 'ruled' different portions of the empire.

Likewise, Augustus was keen on politics and - being Rome's first emperor (the Republic really officially ended with the defeat of Mark Antony at Actium) - realized that people might have been losing their taste for an Emperor. It could be that he allowed Tiberius to work as a co-equal to alleviate the view that he was a dictator and to help Tiberious learn the duties of Emperor. He could have also been attempting to ward off a civil war by making it official that Tiberius was to be the future ruler.

As for it happening in history - no, because prior to Augustus there were no Emperor's. Post-Augustus, however, it happened multiple times. Even Tiberius really stopped ruling early in his reign and left the ruling to some of his subordinates, but all acts were still attributed to him.

Cyberseeker
Oct 11th 2008, 10:50 AM
Thanks for the detailed reply. I found it helpful. :)