Gold ring with carnelian intaglio portrait of Tiberius

Period: Early Imperial, Tiberian

Date: ca. A.D. 14–37

Culture: Roman

Medium: Gold, carnelian

Dimensions: Overall: 13/16 in. (2.1 cm)

Classification: Gold and Silver

Credit Line: Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.230.7

Description

Tiberius, stepson of Augustus, was already fifty-six years old when he became emperor in A.D. 14. His accession established the precedent of dynastic rule in Rome by the Julio-Claudian family. Despite long years of experience as a general and administrator under Augustus, Tiberius was not a popular ruler and spent the last ten years of his reign living in seclusion on the island of Capri.

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