Bust of Agrippa Postumus | Author: Mbzt, 2012 / On license Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
A bust of Agrippa Postumus, which is believed to be in the Louvre and was created around 4 CE. Agrippa (12 BCE – 14 CE) was born Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa Postumus and was the son of Marcus Agrippa – the famous commander of Octavian Augustus – and Julia, daughter of the emperor.
He owed his nickname Postumus, which means “Posthumus” because he was born after his father’s death (12 BCE).
After the death of the older brothers Lucius and Gaius Caesar, he was also adopted by the emperor and was taken – along with Tiberius – into the appointment of the throne after the king’s death.
According to Suetonius, he was not supposed to make the best impression and was considered rather insane. Over time, his rivalry for power with Tiberius led to his imprisonment on the islet of Planasia, only to be killed after Augustus’ death.
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