Period: Early Imperial, Tiberian
Date: ca. A.D. 14–37
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
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.