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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Tiberius In full Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus. 42 B.C.-A.D. 37. Emperor of Rome (A.D. 14-37). Chosen by Augustus to be heir to the throne, he was a suspicious, tyrannical ruler.

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  • proper n. A male given name of mostly historical use, in particular, the praenomen of the second Roman emperor Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus, reigning 14-37 CE.

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  • n. son-in-law of Augustus who became a suspicious tyrannical Emperor of Rome after a brilliant military career (42 BC to AD 37)

Etymologies

Latin Tiberius, literally 'Of the Tiber', from Tiberis, the river Tiber. Also note Faliscan equivalent *Tiferios. The name is mistaken by some to be of Etruscan origin but note the borrowed variants, Thefarie (from Faliscan) and Teperi (from Latin). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At the triumphal procession through the streets of Rome that followed in 44, Messalina was permitted to follow her husband’s chariot in a mule-drawn carpentum, ahead of the victorious generals from the campaign, and the couple’s son, hitherto known by the name Tiberius Claudius Caesar Germanicus, received the new sobriquet Britannicus in recognition of his father’s great victory.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • My sense of Tiberius is that he was a bad emperor for the Roman elites in the capital, to whom he was a capricious, paranoid tyrant.

    Matthew Yglesias » What Would The Roman Empire Do?

  • Close before me, as I leaned against the wall, a mangy, bearded, long-haired fanatic sprang up and down unceasingly, and unceasingly chanted: Tiberius is emperor; there is no king!

    Chapter 17

  • He was too mad to be aware of the pain, and he continued to chant: "Tiberius is emperor; there is no king!"

    Chapter 17

  • The name Tiberius, I hope, will keep, howe'er he hath foregone The dignity and power.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • There was a law made by the Roman senate, in Tiberius's time, perhaps upon complaint of this and the like precipitation, that the execution of criminals should be deferred at least ten days after sentence.

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  • Quibbles about performance and lighting aside, “Roma Sub Rosa’s” peek into the final moments of Tiberius is not an entirely unworthy way to spend twenty-eight minutes.

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  • Bush II is Caligula, which makes Bush I Tiberius, which is to say, he was no Emperor Augustus (and certainly McCain/Palin would be Nero to Bush II's Caligula).

    Obama Stepping Up Mentions Of His Mother?

  • Their workforce had been depressing enough: the usual string of inadequates called Tiberius or Septimus who never knew what day it was all irritating drips who had problems with hangovers, backaches, girlfriends and dying grandfathers.

    A Body In The Bath House

  • Upon the other hand, we have to consider that view of Tiberius, which is thus shown by Milton;

    The Reign of Tiberius, Out of the First Six Annals of Tacitus; With His Account of Germany, and Life of Agricola

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