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“How did you become Agrippa?”

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It is true that every new monarch ascending the throne must take into account the danger of a potential attack on his life. As history shows, there has never been a shortage of people who were able to raise a hand against their own ruler. These cruel practices were already known in antiquity, and Roman emperors often had to face attacks on their own lives. Octavian Augustus himself, generally considered a rather good ruler, did not avoid conspiracies and attacks aimed at taking his life or power.

Emperor Tiberius was also aware of the danger. During his reign, a rebellion broke out, led by one of Agrippa’s slaves, who pretended to be his former master. The arrested slave was brought before the emperor, who asked the captured one: “How did you become Agrippa?”. The man smiled to himself and replied: “The same way you became Caesar”.

Author: Olga Malengowska
Sources
  • Matyszak Philip, Synowie Cezara. Dynastia julijsko-klaudyjska

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