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Germanicus
Germanicus
(Latin: Germanicus
Germanicus
Julius Caesar; 24 May 15 BC – 10 October AD 19) was a member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty
Julio-Claudian dynasty
and a prominent general of the Roman Empire, who was known for his campaigns in Germania. The son of Nero Claudius Drusus
Nero Claudius Drusus
and Antonia Minor, Germanicus
Germanicus
was born into an influential branch of the patrician gens Claudia. The agnomen Germanicus
Germanicus
was added to his full name in 9 BC when it was posthumously awarded to his father in honor of his victories in Germania. In AD 4, he was adopted by his paternal uncle, Tiberius, who succeeded Augustus
Augustus
as Roman emperor
Roman emperor
a decade later. As a result, Germanicus
Germanicus
became an official member of the gens Julia, another prominent family which he was related to on his mother's side. His connection to the Julii was further consolidated through a marriage between himself and Agrippina the Elder, a granddaughter of Augustus. He was also the nephew of Tiberius, the father of Caligula, and the maternal grandfather of Nero. During the reign of Augustus, Germanicus
Germanicus
enjoyed an accelerated political career as the heir of the emperor's heir, entering the office of quaestor five years before the legal age in AD 7. He held that office until AD 11, and was elected consul for the first time in AD 12. The year after, he was made proconsul of Germania
Germania
Inferior, Germania
Germania
Superior, and all of Gaul. From there he commanded eight legions, about one-third of the entire Roman army, which he led against the Germanic tribes in his campaigns from AD 14 to 16. He avenged the Roman Empire's defeat in the Teutoberg Forest and retrieved two of the three legionary eagles that had been lost during the battle. In AD 17 he returned to Rome
Rome
where he received a triumph before leaving to reorganize the provinces of Asia Minor, whereby he incorporated the provinces of Cappadocia and Commagene in AD 18. While in the eastern provinces, he came into conflict with the governor of Syria, Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso. During their feud, Germanicus
Germanicus
became ill in Antioch, where he died on 10 October AD 19. His death has been attributed to poison by ancient sources, but that was never proven. As a famous general, he was widely popular and regarded as the ideal Roman long after his death.[1] To the Roman people, Germanicus
Germanicus
was the Roman equivalent of Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
due to the nature of his death at a young age, his virtuous character, his dashing physique, and his military renown.[2]

Contents

1 Name 2 Family and early life 3 Career

3.1 Batonian War 3.2 Interim 3.3 Commander of Germania

3.3.1 First campaign against the Germans 3.3.2 Second campaign against the Germans 3.3.3 Third campaign against the Germans 3.3.4 Result

3.4 Recall 3.5 Command in Asia

3.5.1 Egypt

4 Post mortem

4.1 Trial of Piso

5 Literary activity 6 Historiography

6.1 Publius Cornelius Tacitus 6.2 Suetonius
Suetonius
Tranquillus

7 Legacy 8 Ancestry 9 Footnotes 10 References 11 Bibliography

11.1 Primary sources 11.2 Secondary sources

12 External links

Name[edit]

Germanicus

Germanicus's praenomen is unknown, but he was probably named Nero Claudius
Claudius
Drusus after his father (conventionally called "Drusus"), or possibly Tiberius
Tiberius
Claudius
Claudius
Nero
Nero
after his uncle.[3] He took the agnomen Germanicus, awarded posthumously to his father in honor of his victories in Germania, when he became head of the family in 9 BC.[4] Germanicus
Germanicus
held the title as he was the head of his family after his father's death.[5] By AD 4 he was adopted as Tiberius's son and heir. As a result, Germanicus
Germanicus
was adopted out of the Claudii and into the Julii. In accordance with Roman naming conventions, he adopted the name "Julius Caesar" while retaining his agnomen, becoming Germanicus Julius Caesar.[note 1] Upon Germanicus's adoption into the Julii, his brother Claudius
Claudius
became the sole legal representative of his father, and his brother inherited the agnomen "Germanicus" as the new head of the family.[6] Family and early life[edit]

Ara Pacis: processional frieze showing members of the Imperial household (south face). Germanicus
Germanicus
is the toddler holding Antonia Minor's hand.

See also: Julio-Claudian family tree Germanicus
Germanicus
was born in Rome
Rome
on 24 May 15 BC to Nero
Nero
Claudius
Claudius
Drusus and Antonia Minor, and had two younger siblings: a sister, Livilla; and a brother, Claudius. His paternal grandmother was Livia, who had divorced his grandfather, Tiberius
Tiberius
Claudius
Claudius
Nero
Nero
around 24 years before Germanicus
Germanicus
birth, and was married to the emperor Augustus. His maternal grandparents were the triumvir Mark Antony
Mark Antony
and Augustus's sister Octavia Minor.[7] Germanicus
Germanicus
was a key figure in Julio-Claudian dynasty of the early Roman Empire. As well as being the great-nephew of Augustus, he was the nephew of the second emperor, Tiberius, his son Gaius would become the third emperor, Caligula, who would be succeeded by Germanicus's brother Claudius, and his grandson would become the fifth emperor, Nero.[8] When Augustus's chosen successor, Gaius Caesar, died in AD 4, he briefly considered Germanicus
Germanicus
as his heir. Livia
Livia
persuaded him to choose Tiberius, his stepson from Livia's first marriage to Tiberius Claudius
Claudius
Nero, instead. As part of the succession arrangements, Augustus
Augustus
adopted Tiberius
Tiberius
on 26 June AD 4, but first required him to adopt Germanicus, thus placing him next in the line of succession after Tiberius.[note 2] Germanicus
Germanicus
married Augustus's grand-daughter, Agrippina the Elder, probably the next year, to further strengthen his ties to the imperial family.[8][9][10][11] The couple had nine children: Nero
Nero
Julius Caesar; Drusus Caesar; Tiberius
Tiberius
Julius Caesar (not to be confused with emperor Tiberius); a child of unknown name (normally referred to as Ignotus); Gaius the Elder; Gaius the Younger (the future emperor "Caligula"); Agrippina the Younger
Agrippina the Younger
(the future empress); Julia Drusilla; and Julia Livilla. Only six of his children came of age; Tiberius
Tiberius
and the Ignotus died as infants, and Gaius the Elder in his early childhood.[8] Career[edit] Batonian War[edit] Main article: Great Illyrian Revolt

Map of the uprising.

Germanicus
Germanicus
became a quaestor in AD 7, five years before the legal age of 25.[12] He was sent to Illyricum the same year to help Tiberius suppress a rebellion by the Pannonians and Dalmatians.[note 3] He brought with him an army of levied citizens and former slaves to reinforce Tiberius
Tiberius
at Siscia, his base of operations in Illyricum. Towards the end of the year, additional reinforcements arrived; three legions from Moesia
Moesia
commanded by Aulus Caecina Severus, and two legions with Thracian cavalry and auxiliary troops from Anatolia commanded by Silvanus.[13][14] By the time Germanicus
Germanicus
had arrived in Pannonia, the rebels had resorted to raiding from the mountain fortresses to which they had withdrawn. Because the Roman legions were not so effective at countering this tactic, Tiberius
Tiberius
deployed his auxiliary forces and divided his army into small detachments, allowing them to cover more ground and conduct a war of attrition against the rebels in their strong defensive positions. The Romans also began to drive the rebels out of the countryside, offering amnesty to those tribes that would lay down their arms, and implemented a scorched earth policy in an effort to starve the enemy out. During this period, Germanicus's detachments were in action against the Mazaei, whom he defeated.[14][15] The rebel position in Pannonia
Pannonia
collapsed in AD 8 when one of their commanders, Bato the Breucian, surrendered their leader Pinnes to the Romans and laid down his arms in return for amnesty. This was nullified when Bato the Breucian
Bato the Breucian
was defeated in battle and subsequently executed by his former ally Bato the Daesitiate, but this left the Pannonians divided against each other, and the Romans were able to subdue the Breuci without battle. The pacification of the Breuci, with their large population and resources, was a significant victory for the Romans, who would be reinforced by eight cohorts of Breuci auxiliaries towards the end of the war. Bato the Daesitiate withdrew from Pannonia
Pannonia
to Dalmatia, where he occupied the mountains of Bosnia
Bosnia
and began conducting counter-attacks, most likely against the indigenous people who sided with the Romans. Later in the year, Tiberius
Tiberius
left Lepidus in command of Siscia
Siscia
and Silvanus at Sirmium.[16][14] Roman forces took the initiative in AD 9, and pushed into Dalmatia. Tiberius
Tiberius
divided his forces into three divisions: one under Silvanus, which advanced south-east from Sirmium; another commanded by Lepidus, which advanced north-west along the Una Valley from Siscia
Siscia
toward Burnum; and the third led by Tiberius
Tiberius
and Germanicus
Germanicus
in the Dalmatian hinterland. The divisions under Lepidus and Silvanus practically exterminated the Perustae and Daesitiate in their mountain strongholds.[17] Roman forces captured many cities, and those commanded by Germanicus
Germanicus
took Raetinum, near Seretium (although it was destroyed in a fire set by the rebels during the siege), Splonum (in modern-day northern Montenegro) and Seretium itself (in modern-day western Bosnia). The Roman forces under Tiberius
Tiberius
and Germanicus pursued Bato to the fortress of Andretium near Salona, to which they laid siege. When it became clear Bato would not surrender, Tiberius assaulted the fortress and captured him. While Tiberius
Tiberius
negotiated the terms of surrender, Germanicus
Germanicus
was sent on a punitive expedition across the surrounding territory, during which he forced the surrender of the fortified town of Arduba and surrounding towns. He then sent a deputy to subdue the remaining districts and returned to Tiberius.[18][19] Interim[edit]

Battle of Teutoburg Forest, by Otto Albert Koch (1909).[20]

After a distinguished start to his military career, Germanicus returned to Rome
Rome
in late AD 9 to personally announce his victory. He was honored with a triumphal insignia (without an actual triumph) and the rank (not the actual title) of praetor. He was also given permission to be a candidate for consul before the regular time and the right to speak first in the Senate after the consuls.[21][4] According to Cassius Dio, Germanicus
Germanicus
was a popular quaestor because he acted as an advocate as much in capital jurisdiction cases before Augustus
Augustus
as he did before lesser judges in standard quaestiones (trials). He successfully defended, for example, a quastor accused of murder in AD 10 in which the prosecutor, fearing the jurors would find in favor of the defense out of deference for Germanicus, demanded a trial before Augustus.[22] In AD 9, three Roman legions commanded by Varus were destroyed by a coalition of German tribes led by Arminius
Arminius
in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. As proconsul, Germanicus
Germanicus
was dispatched with Tiberius
Tiberius
to defend the empire against the Germans in AD 11. The two generals crossed the Rhine, made various excursions into enemy territory and, in the beginning of autumn, recrossed the river. The campaigns of Tiberius
Tiberius
and Germanicus
Germanicus
in Germania
Germania
in the years AD 11–12, combined with an alliance with the Marcomannic federation of Marbod, prevented the German coalition from crossing the Rhine
Rhine
and invading Gaul
Gaul
and Italy. In winter, Germanicus
Germanicus
returned to Rome, where he was, after five mandates as quaestor and despite never having been aedile or praetor, appointed consul for the year AD 12. He shared the consulship with Gaius Fonteius Capito.[23][24][25][26] He continued to advocate for defendants in court during his consulship, a popular move reminiscent of his previous work defending the accused in front of Augustus. He also courted popularity by ministering the Ludi Martiales (games of Mars), as mentioned by Pliny the Elder
Pliny the Elder
in his Historia Naturalis, in which he released two hundred lions in the Circus Maximus.[26][27] On 23 October AD 12, Tiberius
Tiberius
held a triumph for his victory over the Pannonians and Dalmatians, which he had postponed on account of the defeat of Varus at Teutoburg Forest. He was accompanied, among his other generals, by Germanicus, for whom he had obtained the triumphal regalia. Unlike his adoptive brother Drusus, who received no recognition beyond being the son of a triumphator, Germanicus
Germanicus
played a distinguished part in the celebration and was given the opportunity to display his consular insignia and triumphal ornaments.[24][27] Commander of Germania[edit]

Campaigns of Tiberius
Tiberius
and Germanicus
Germanicus
in the years 10/11-13 CE. In pink the anti-Roman Germanic coalition led by Arminius. In dark green, territories still directly held by the Romans, in yellow the Roman client states

In AD 13, Augustus
Augustus
appointed him commander of the forces in the Rhine, which totaled eight legions and was about one-third of Rome's total military force.[28] The next year in August, Augustus
Augustus
died and on 17 September the Senate met to confirm Tiberius
Tiberius
as princeps. That day the Senate also dispatched a delegation to Germanicus's camp to send its condolences for the death of his grandfather and to grant him proconsular imperium. The delegation would not arrive until October.[29] In Germany and Illyricum, the legions were in mutiny. In Germany, the legions in mutiny were those of the Lower Rhine
Rhine
under Aulus Caecina (the V Alaudae, XXI Rapax, I Germanica, and XX Valeria Victrix). The army of the Lower Rhine
Rhine
was stationed in summer quarters on the border of the Ubii.[28] They had not gotten the bonuses promised them by Augustus, and when it became clear a response from Tiberius
Tiberius
was not forthcoming, they revolted. Germanicus
Germanicus
dealt with the troops in Germania, and Tiberius's son Drusus dealt with Illyricum.[30] The army of the Lower Rhine
Rhine
sought an increase in pay, the reduction of their service to 16 years (down from 20) to mitigate the hardship of their military tasks, and vengeance against the centurions for their cruelty. After Germanicus
Germanicus
arrived, the soldiers listed their complaints to him and attempted to proclaim him emperor. His open and affable manners made him popular with the soldiers, but he remained loyal to the emperor. When news of the mutiny reached the army of the Upper Rhine
Rhine
under Gaius Silius (the Legions II Augusta, XIII Gemina, XVI Gallica, and XIV Gemina) a meeting was held to meet their demands. Germanicus
Germanicus
negotiated a settlement:[31][32][33]

After 20 years of service, a full discharge was given, but after 16 years an immunity from military tasks, except to take part in actions (missio sub vexillo). The legacy left by Augustus
Augustus
to the troops was to be doubled and discharged.

First campaign against the Germans[edit]

Map of the Lower (Northern) Germanic limes. Shows the legion camps and forts in Germania
Germania
Inferior.

To satisfy the requisition promised to the legions, Germanicus
Germanicus
paid them out of his own pocket. All 8 legions were given money, even if they did not demand it. Both the armies of the Lower and Upper Rhine had returned to order. It seemed prudent to satisfy the armies, but Germanicus
Germanicus
took it a step further. In a bid to secure the loyalty of his troops, he led them on a raid against the Marsi, a Germanic people on the upper Ruhr river. Germanicus
Germanicus
massacred the villages of the Marsi he encountered and pillaged the surrounding territory. On the way back to their winter quarters at Castra Vetera, they pushed successfully through the opposing tribes (Bructeri, Tubantes, and Usipetes) between the Marsi and the Rhine.[34][35] Back at Rome, Tiberius
Tiberius
instituted the Sodales Augustales, a priesthood of the cult of Augustus, of which Germanicus
Germanicus
became a member.[36] When news arrived of his raid, Tiberius
Tiberius
commemorated his services in the Senate with elaborate, but insincere praise: the proceedings gave him joy that the mutiny had been suppressed, but anxiety at the glory and popularity afforded to Germanicus. The Senate, in absence of Germanicus, voted that he should be given a triumph.[37] Ovid's Fasti dates the Senate vote of Germanicus's triumph to 1 January AD 15.[38] Second campaign against the Germans[edit]

Hermannsdenkmal Memorial to Arminius
Arminius
near Detmold, Germany.

For the next two years, he led his legions across the Rhine
Rhine
against the Germans, where they would confront the forces of Arminius
Arminius
and his allies. Tacitus
Tacitus
says the purpose of those campaigns was to avenge the defeat of Varus at the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, and not to expand Roman territory.[28] In early spring AD 15, Germanicus
Germanicus
crossed the Rhine
Rhine
and struck the Chatti. He sacked their capital Mattium
Mattium
(modern Maden near Gudensberg), pillaged their countryside, then returned to the Rhine. Sometime this year, he received word from Segestes, who was held prisoner by Arminius's forces and needed help. Germanicus's troops released Segestes and took his pregnant daughter, Arminius's wife Thusnelda, into captivity. Again he marched back victorious and at the direction of Tiberius, accepted the title of Imperator.[28][39] Arminius
Arminius
called his tribe, the Cherusci, and the surrounding tribes to arms. Germanicus
Germanicus
coordinated a land and riverine offensive, with troops marching eastward across the Rhine, and sailing from the North Sea up the Ems River
Ems River
in order to attack the Bructeri
Bructeri
and Cherusci.[40] Germanicus's forces went through Bructeri
Bructeri
territory, where a general Lucius Stertinius recovered the lost eagle of the XIX Legion from among the equipment of the Bructeri
Bructeri
after routing them in battle.[41] Germanicus's divisions met up to the north, and ravaged the countryside between the Ems and the Lippe, and penetrated to the Teutoburg Forest, a mountain forest in Western Germany situated between these two rivers. There, Germanicus
Germanicus
and some of his men visited the site of the disastrous Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, and began burying the remains of the Roman soldiers that had been left in the open. After half a day of the work, he called off the burial of bones so that they could continue their war against the Germans.[42] He made his way into the heartland of the Cherusci. At a location Tacitus
Tacitus
calls the pontes longi ("long causeways"), in boggy lowlands somewhere near the Ems, Arminius's troops attacked the Romans. Arminius
Arminius
initially caught Germanicus's cavalry in a trap, inflicting minor casualties, but the Roman infantry reinforced the rout and checked them. The fighting lasted for two days, with neither side achieving a decisive victory. Germanicus's forces withdrew and returned to the Rhine.[40][note 4] Third campaign against the Germans[edit]

Photograph of the field of Idistaviso by Dr. Paul Knötel (c. 1895).

In preparations for his next campaign, Germanicus
Germanicus
sent Publius Vitellius and Gaius Antius to collect taxes in Gaul, and instructed Silius, Anteius, and Caecina to build a fleet. A fort on the Lippe called Castra Aliso was besieged, but the attackers dispersed on sight of Roman reinforcements. The Germans destroyed the nearby mound and altar dedicated to his father Drusus, but he had them both restored and celebrated funerary games with his legions in honor of his father. New barriers and earthworks were put in place, securing the area between Fort Aliso and the Rhine.[43] Germanicus
Germanicus
commanded eight legions with Gallic and Germanic auxiliary units overland across the Rhine, up the Ems and Weser rivers as part of his last major campaign against Arminius
Arminius
in AD 16. His forces met those of Arminius
Arminius
on the plains of Idistaviso, by the Weser River
Weser River
near modern Rinteln, in an engagement called the Battle of the Weser River. Tacitus
Tacitus
says that the battle was a Roman victory:[44][45]

the enemy were slaughtered from the fifth hour of daylight to nightfall, and for ten miles the ground was littered with corpses and weapons. — Tacitus, (Wells 2003, p. 206)

Arminius
Arminius
and his uncle Inguiomer were both wounded in the battle but evaded capture. The Roman soldiers involved on the battlefield honored Tiberius
Tiberius
as Imperator, and raised a pile of arms as a trophy with the names of the defeated tribes inscribed beneath them.[46][47] The sight of the Roman trophy constructed on the battlefield enraged the Germans who were preparing to retreat beyond the Elbe, and they launched an attack on the Roman positions at the Angrivarian Wall, thus beginning a second battle. The Romans had anticipated the attack and again routed the Germans. Germanicus
Germanicus
stated that he did not want any prisoners, as the extermination of the Germanic tribes was the only conclusion he saw for the war. The victorious Romans then raised a mound with the inscription: "The army of Tiberius
Tiberius
Caesar, after thoroughly conquering the tribes between the Rhine
Rhine
and the Elbe, has dedicated this monument to Mars, Jupiter, and Augustus."[48][49] Germanicus
Germanicus
sent some troops back to the Rhine, with some of them taking the land route, but most of them took the fast route and traveled by boat. They went down the Ems toward the North Sea, but as they reached the sea, a storm struck, sinking many of the boats and killing many men and horses.[44] Then Germanicus
Germanicus
ordered Caius Silius to march against the Chatti
Chatti
with a mixed force of 3,000 cavalry and 33,000 infantry and lay waste to their territory, while he himself, with a larger army, invaded the Marsi for the third time and devastated their land. He forced Mallovendus, the defeated leader of the Marsi, to reveal the location of another of the three legion's eagles lost in AD 9. Immediately Germanicus
Germanicus
despatched troops to recover it. The Romans advanced into the country, defeating any foe they encountered.[50][51] Germanicus's successes in Germany had made him popular with the soldiers. He had dealt a significant blow to Rome's enemies, quelled an uprising of troops, and returned lost standards to Rome. His actions had increased his fame, and he had become very popular with the Roman people. Tiberius
Tiberius
took notice, and had Germanicus
Germanicus
recalled to Rome
Rome
and informed him that he would be given a triumph and reassigned to a different command.[52] Result[edit] While Germanicus
Germanicus
enjoyed some success in his campaigns against Arminius
Arminius
and his allies, Tiberius
Tiberius
decided not to attempt to conquer the Germans and recalled Germanicus
Germanicus
to Rome. The effort it would have taken to conquer Germania
Germania
Magna was deemed too great when compared with the low potential for profit from acquiring the new territory. Rome
Rome
regarded Germany as a wild territory of forests and swamps, with little wealth compared to territories Rome
Rome
already had.[53] However, the campaign significantly healed the Roman psychological trauma from the Varus disaster, and greatly recovered Roman prestige. In addition to the recovery of two of the three lost eagles, Germanicus
Germanicus
had fought Arminius, the leader who destroyed the three Roman legions in 9 AD, and defeated him in numerous battles. In leading his troops across the Rhine
Rhine
without recourse to Tiberius, he contradicted the advice of Augustus
Augustus
to keep that river as the boundary of the empire, and opened himself to potential doubts from Tiberius
Tiberius
about his motives in taking such independent action. This error in political judgment gave Tiberius
Tiberius
reason to controversially recall his nephew.[52] Tacitus attributed the recall to Tiberius's jealousy of the glory Germanicus had acquired, and, with some bitterness, claims that Germanicus
Germanicus
could have completed the conquest of Germania
Germania
had he been given full operational independence.[54] Recall[edit]

Thusnelda
Thusnelda
at the Triumph of Germanicus, by Karl von Piloty, 1873.[55]

At the beginning of AD 17, Germanicus
Germanicus
returned to the capital and on May 26 he celebrated a triumph for his victories over the Germans. He had captured a few important prisoners, but Arminius
Arminius
was still at large. It was far from clear that Germanicus
Germanicus
had won the war. Nonetheless, this did not take away from the spectacle of his triumph: a near contemporary calendar marks 26 May as the day in "which Germanicus
Germanicus
Caesar was borne into the city in triumph", while coins issued under his son Gaius (Caligula) depicted him on a triumphal chariot, with the reverse reading "Standards Recovered. Germans Defeated."[56] His triumph included a long procession of captives including the wife of Arminius, Thusnelda, and her three-year-old son, among others of the defeated German tribes.[note 5] The procession displayed replicas of mountains, rivers, and battles; and the war was considered closed.[57] Tiberius
Tiberius
gave money out to the people of Rome
Rome
in Germanicus's name, and Germanicus
Germanicus
was scheduled to hold the consulship next year with the emperor. As a result, in AD 18, Germanicus
Germanicus
was granted the eastern part of the empire, just as Agrippa and Tiberius
Tiberius
had received before, when they were successors to the emperor.[58] Command in Asia[edit]

Map of Armenia and the Roman client states in eastern Asia Minor.

Following his triumph, Germanicus
Germanicus
was sent to Asia to reorganize the provinces and kingdoms there, which were in such disarray that the attention of a domus Augusta was deemed necessary to settle matters.[note 6] Germanicus
Germanicus
was given imperium maius (extraordinary command) over the other governors and commanders of the area he was to operate; however, Tiberius
Tiberius
had replaced the governor of Syria with Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso, who was meant to be his helper (adiutor), but turned out to be hostile.[59] According to Tacitus, this was an attempt to separate Germanicus
Germanicus
from his familiar troops and weaken his influence, but the historian Richard Alston says Tiberius
Tiberius
had little reason to undermine his heir.[60] Not waiting to take up his consulship in Rome, he left after his triumph but before the end of AD 17. He sailed down the Illyrian coast of the Adriatic Sea
Adriatic Sea
to Greece, where he restored the temple of Spes,[59] and won a chariot race at the Olympic games that year. He arrived at Nicopolis
Nicopolis
near the site of the Battle of Actium, where he took up his second consulship on 18 January AD 18. He visited the sites associated with his adoptive grandfather Augustus
Augustus
and his natural grandfather Mark Antony, before crossing the sea to Lesbos
Lesbos
and then to Asia Minor. There he visited the site of Troy
Troy
and the oracle of Apollo
Apollo
Claros near Colophon. Piso left at the same time as Germanicus, but traveled directly to Athens and then to Rhodes
Rhodes
where he and Germanicus
Germanicus
met for the first time. From there Piso left for Syria where he immediately began replacing the officers with men loyal to himself in a bid to win the loyalty of his soldiers.[59][61] Next Germanicus
Germanicus
traveled through Syria to Armenia where he installed king Artaxias as a replacement for Vonones, whom Augustus
Augustus
had deposed and placed under house arrest at the request of the king of Parthia, Artabanus. The king of Cappadocia died too, whereupon Germanicus
Germanicus
sent Quintus Veranius to organize Cappadocia as a province – a profitable endeavor as Tiberius
Tiberius
was able to reduce the sales tax down to .5% from 1%. The revenue from the new province was enough to make up the difference lost from lowering the sales tax. The Kingdom of Commagene was split on whether or not to remain free or to become a province with both sides sending deputations, so Germanicus
Germanicus
sent Quintus Servaeus to organize the province.[62][63][64] Having settled these matters he traveled to Cyrrhus, a city in Syria between Antioch
Antioch
and the Euphrates, where he spent the rest of AD 18 in the winter quarters of the Legion X Fretensis. Evidently here Piso attended Germanicus, and quarreled because he failed to send troops to Armenia when ordered. Artabanus sent an envoy to Germanicus
Germanicus
requesting that Vonones be moved further from Armenia as to not incite trouble there. Germanicus
Germanicus
complied, moving Vonones to Cilicia, both to please Artabanus and to insult Piso, with whom Vonones was friendly.[65][66] Egypt[edit]

Nicholas Poussin, The Death of Germanicus
Germanicus
(1628), oil painting. Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts.[67]

He then made his way to Egypt, arriving to a tumultuous reception in January AD 19. He had gone there to relieve a famine in the country vital to Rome's food supply. The move upset Tiberius, because it had violated an order by Augustus
Augustus
that no senator shall enter the province without consulting the emperor and the Senate (Egypt was an imperial province, and belonged to the emperor).[note 7] Germanicus
Germanicus
entered the province in his capacity as proconsul without first seeking permission to do so. He returned to Syria by summer, where he found that Piso had either ignored or revoked his orders to the cities and legions. Germanicus
Germanicus
in turn ordered Piso's recall to Rome, although this action was probably beyond his authority.[65][68] In the midst of this feud, Germanicus
Germanicus
became ill and despite the fact Piso had removed himself to the port of Seleucia, he was convinced that Piso was somehow poisoning him. Tacitus
Tacitus
reports that there were signs of black magic in Piso's house with hidden body parts and Germanicus's name inscribed on lead tablets. Germanicus
Germanicus
sent Piso a letter formally renouncing their friendship (amicitia). Germanicus died soon after on 10 October of that year.[65] His death aroused much speculation, with several sources blaming Piso, acting under orders from Emperor Tiberius. This was never proven, and Piso later died while facing trial. Tacitus
Tacitus
says Tiberius
Tiberius
was involved in a conspiracy against Germanicus, and Tiberius's jealousy and fear of his nephew's popularity and increasing power was the true motive.[69] The death of Germanicus
Germanicus
in dubious circumstances greatly affected Tiberius's popularity in Rome, leading to the creation of a climate of fear in Rome
Rome
itself. Also suspected of connivance in his death was Tiberius's chief advisor, Sejanus, who would, in the 20s, create an atmosphere of fear in Roman noble and administrative circles by the use of treason trials and the role of delatores, or informers.[70] Post mortem[edit]

Benjamin West, Agrippina landing at Brundisium with the Ashes of Germanicus
Germanicus
(1766), oil on canvas. Yale University
Yale University
Art Gallery, New Haven.[71]

When Rome
Rome
had received word of Germanicus's death, the people began observing a iustitium before the Senate had officially declared it. Tacitus
Tacitus
says this shows the true grief that the people of Rome
Rome
felt, and this also shows that by this time the people already knew the proper way to commemorate dead princes without an edict from a magistrate. At his funeral, there were no procession statues of Germanicus. There were abundant eulogies and reminders of his fine character and a particular eulogy was given by Tiberius
Tiberius
himself in the Senate.[72][73] The historians Tacitus
Tacitus
and Suetonius
Suetonius
record the funeral and posthumous honors of Germanicus. His name was placed into the Carmen Saliare, and onto the Curule chairs that were placed with oaken garlands over them as honorary seats for the Augustan priesthood. His ivory statue was at the head of the procession during the Circus Games; his posts as priest of Augustus
Augustus
and Augur
Augur
were to be filled by members of the imperial family; knights of Rome
Rome
gave his name to a block of seats at a theatre in Rome, and rode behind his effigy on 15 July AD 20.[74][75] After consulting with his family, Tiberius
Tiberius
made his wishes known whereupon the Senate collected the honors into a commemorative decree, the Senatus Consultum de memoria honoranda Germanini Caesaris, and ordered the consuls of AD 20 to issue a public law honoring the death of Germanicus, the Lex Valeria Aurelia. Although Tacitus
Tacitus
stressed the honors paid to him, the funeral and processions were carefully modeled after those of Gaius and Lucius, Agrippa's sons. This served to emphasize the continuation of the domus Augusta across the transition from Augustus
Augustus
to Tiberius. Commemorative arches were built in his honor and not just at Rome, but at the frontier on the Rhine
Rhine
and in Asia where he had governed in life. The arch of the Rhine
Rhine
was placed alongside of that of his father, where the soldiers had built a funerary monument honoring him. Portraits of him and his natural father were placed in the Temple of Apollo
Apollo
on the Palatine in Rome.[72][76] On the day of Germanicus's death his sister Livilla
Livilla
gave birth to twins by Drusus. The oldest was named Germanicus
Germanicus
and died young. In 37, Germanicus's only remaining son, Caligula, became emperor and renamed September Germanicus
Germanicus
in honor of his father.[77] Many Romans, in the account of Tacitus, considered Germanicus
Germanicus
to be their equivalent to Alexander the Great, and believed that he would have easily surpassed the achievements of Alexander had he become emperor.[2] In book eight of his Natural History, Pliny connects Germanicus, Augustus, and Alexander as fellow equestrians: when Alexander's horse Bucephalus
Bucephalus
died he named a city, Bucephalia, in his honor. Less monumental, Augustus's horse received a funeral mound, which Germanicus
Germanicus
wrote a poem about.[78] Trial of Piso[edit] Piso was rumored to have been responsible for his death and with accusations coming in it wasn't long before the well known accuser, Lucius Fulcinius Trio, brought charges against him. The Pisones were longtime supporters of the Claudians, and had allied themselves with Octavian early on. The continued support of the Pisones and his own friendship to Piso made Tiberius
Tiberius
hesitant to hear the case himself. After briefly hearing both sides, Tiberius
Tiberius
deferred the case to the Senate, making no effort to hide his deep anger toward Piso. Tiberius made allowances for Piso to summon witnesses of all social orders, including slaves, and he was given more time to plea than the prosecutors, but it made no difference: before the trial was over Piso died ostensibly by suicide, but Tacitus
Tacitus
supposes Tiberius
Tiberius
may have had him murdered before he could implicate the emperor in Germanicus's death.[79][80] The accusations brought against Piso are numerous, including:[81][note 8]

Insubordination Corruption Abandoning and reentering a province Summary justice Destroying military discipline Misusing the fiscus principis (emperor's money) Fomenting civil war Violating the divinity of Divus Augustus
Augustus
(sacrilege).

He was found guilty and punished posthumously for the crime of treason. The Senate had his property proscribed, forbade mourning on his account, removed images of his likeness, such as statues and portraits, and his name was erased from the base of one statue in particular as part of his damnatio memoriae. Yet, in a show of clemency not unlike that of the emperor, the Senate had Piso's property returned and divided equally between his two sons, on condition that his daughter Calpurnia be given 1,000,000 sesterces as dowry and a further 4,000,000 as personal property. His wife Placina was absolved.[81][82] Literary activity[edit]

Pleiades
Pleiades
of the Leiden Aratea, an illustrated manuscript of Germanicus's Phaenomena dating to the 9th century.

In AD 4, Germanicus
Germanicus
wrote a Latin version of Aratus's Phainomena, which survives, wherein he rewrites the contents of the original. For example, he replaces the opening hymn to Zeus
Zeus
with a passage in honor of the Roman emperor.[83] He avoided writing in the poetic style of Cicero, who had translated his own version of the Phainomena, and he wrote in a new style to meet the expectations of a Roman audience whose tastes were shaped by "modern" authors like Ovid
Ovid
and Virgil.[84] For his work, Germanicus
Germanicus
is ranked among Roman writers on astronomy, and his work was popular enough for scholia to be written on it well into the Medieval era.[85] Historiography[edit] Germanicus
Germanicus
and Tiberius
Tiberius
are often contrasted by ancient historians and poets who wrote using themes found in drama, with Germanicus
Germanicus
playing the tragic hero and Tiberius
Tiberius
the tyrant. The endurance of the Principate is challenged in these narratives, by the emperor's jealous trepidation toward competent commanders such as Germanicus. Attention is paid particularly to their leadership styles, i.e., in their relationship with the masses. Germanicus
Germanicus
is painted as a competent leader able to handle the masses whereas Tiberius
Tiberius
is indecisive and envious.[86][87] Despite the poetics attached to Germanicus
Germanicus
by ancient authors, it is accepted by historians such as Anthony Barrett that Germanicus
Germanicus
was an able general. He fought against the Pannonians under Tiberius, quelled the mutiny in the Rhine, and led three successful campaigns into Germania. As for his popularity, he was popular enough that the mutinous legions of the Rhine
Rhine
attempted to proclaim him emperor in AD 14; however, he remained loyal and led them against the German tribes instead. Tacitus
Tacitus
and Suetonius
Suetonius
claim that Tiberius
Tiberius
was jealous of Germanicus's popularity, but Barrett suggests their claim might be contradicted by the fact that, following his campaigns in Germany, Germanicus
Germanicus
was given command of the eastern provinces – a sure sign he was intended to rule. In accordance with the precedent set by Augustus, Agrippa had been given command of those same provinces in the east when Agrippa was the intended successor to the empire.[88] Publius Cornelius Tacitus[edit]

Bronze statue of Germanicus
Germanicus
on display at it:Museo civico di Amelia, Amelia, Umbria, Italy.

Main article: Annals (Tacitus) The Annals by Tacitus
Tacitus
is one of the most detailed accounts of Germanicus's campaigns against the Germans. He wrote his account in the early years of the second century. Tacitus
Tacitus
described Germanicus
Germanicus
as a fine general who was kind and temperate, saying that his early death had taken a great ruler from Rome.[41] Book 1 of Annals extensively focuses on the mutinies of the legions in Pannonia
Pannonia
and Germany (AD 14). The riotous army figures into the unpredictable wrath of the Roman people giving Tiberius
Tiberius
the chance to reflect on what it means to lead. It serves to contrast the "old-fashioned" Republican values assigned to Germanicus, and the imperial values possessed by Tiberius. The mood of the masses is a recurring theme, with their reactions to the fortunes of Germanicus being a prominent feature of the relationship between him and Tiberius well into the Annals (as far as Annals 3.19).[86] Suetonius
Suetonius
Tranquillus[edit] Suetonius
Suetonius
was an equestrian who held administrative posts during the reigns of Trajan
Trajan
and Hadrian. The Twelve Caesars
The Twelve Caesars
details a biographical history of the principate from the birth of Julius Caesar to the death of Domitian
Domitian
in AD 96. Like Tacitus, he drew upon the imperial archives, as well as histories by Aufidius Bassus, Cluvius Rufus, Fabius Rusticus and Augustus's own letters.[89][90] The attitude of Suetonius
Suetonius
toward Germanicus's personality and moral temperament is that of adoration. He dedicates a good portion of his Life of Caligula
Caligula
to Germanicus, claiming Germanicus's physical and moral excellence surpassed that of his contemporaries. Suetonius
Suetonius
also says that Germanicus
Germanicus
was a gifted writer, and that despite all these talents, he remained humble and kind.[88] Legacy[edit] Due to his prominence as heir to the imperial succession, he is depicted in many works of art. He often appears in literature as the archetypal ideal Roman.[91] His life and character have been portrayed in many works of art, the most notable of which include:

Germanico in Germania
Germania
(1732), an Italian opera by Nicola Porpora. He was played by Domenico Annibali.[92] Death of Germanicus
Germanicus
(1773–1774), a marble sculpture by British sculptor Thomas Banks.[93] Thusnelda
Thusnelda
im Triumphzug des Germanicus
Germanicus
(1873), a painting by German painter Karl von Piloty.[55] I, Claudius
Claudius
(1934), a historical fiction novel by classicist Robert Graves.[94] The Caesars (1968), a television series by Philip Mackie. He was played by Eric Flynn.[95] I, Claudius
Claudius
(1976), a television series by Jack Pulman. He was played by David Robb.[96]

Ancestry[edit]

Ancestors of Germanicus

8. Drusus Claudius
Claudius
Nero
Nero
I

4. Tiberius
Tiberius
Claudius
Claudius
Nero

9. Claudia

2. Nero
Nero
Claudius
Claudius
Drusus

10. Marcus Livius Drusus Claudianus

5. Livia
Livia
Drusilla

22. Aufidius Lurco

11. Aufidia

1. Germanicus
Germanicus
Julius Caesar

24. Marcus Antonius Orator

12. Marcus Antonius Creticus

6. Mark Antony

26. Lucius Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
III

13. Julia Antonia

3. Antonia Minor

28. Gaius Octavius

14. Gaius Octavius

7. Octavia Minor

30. Marcus Atius

15. Atia Balba Caesonia

31. Julia Minor

Footnotes[edit]

^ His agnomen, "Germanicus", was a cognomen ex virtue, and would at first be a suffix at the end of his full name, and became the first part of his full name following his adoption into the Julii, as his original praenomen and nomen were removed, "Germanicus" was retained, and thus attained usage as his praenomen preceding the new additions (the nomen "Julius", and cognomen "Caesar", respectively) (Possanza 2004, p. 225). ^ Tiberius
Tiberius
had to adopt Germanicus
Germanicus
first because his own adoption by Augustus
Augustus
resulted in the loss of sui iuris, which included the legal right to adopt (Swan 2004, p. 142). ^ According to Cassius Dio, Augustus
Augustus
sent Germanicus
Germanicus
to Illyricum because Tiberius's lack of activity led to suspicions that he was deliberately dragging his feet, using the pretense of war to remain under arms as long as possible.Pettinger 2012, p. 97 ^ Tacitus
Tacitus
claims that the Romans won the battle at pontes longi ( Tacitus
Tacitus
& Barrett 2008, p. 39); however, Wells says the battle was inconclusive (Wells 2003, p. 206) ^ Captives featured in the triumph include: "Segimuntus, the son of Segestes, the chief of the Cherusci, and his sister, named Thusnelda, the wife of Armenius, who led on the Cherusci
Cherusci
when they treacherously attacked Quintilius Varus, and even to this day continues the war; likewise his son Thumelicus, a boy three years old, as also Sesithacus, the son of Segimerus, chief of the Cherusci, and his wife Rhamis, the daughter of Ucromirus, chief of the Chatti, and Deudorix, the son of Bætorix, the brother of Melon, of the nation of the Sicambri; but Segestes, the father-in-law of Armenius, from the commencement opposed the designs of his son-in-law, and taking advantage of a favorable opportunity, went over to the Roman camp and witnessed the triumphal procession over those who were dearest to him, he being held in honor by the Romans. There was also led in triumph Libes the priest of the Chatti, and many other prisoners of the various vanquished nations, the Cathylci and the Ampsani, the Bructeri, the Usipi, the Cherusci, the Chatti, the Chattuarii, the Landi, the Tubattii." (Strabo, Geography, VII.4.33–38) ^ Domus Augusta (lit. "House of Augustus") was the family of Tiberius including cognate relations (Cascio 2005, p. 140). ^ That he violated this order is possibly confirmed by the fact that the trip is omitted in Germanicus's res gestae in the Senatus Consultum de memoria honoranda Germanini Caesaris, a commemorative decree issued by the Senate and approved by Tiberius
Tiberius
following his death (Lott 2012, p. 343). ^ Despite the exhaustive list only two statutes are mentioned: that of Piso violating Germanicus's imperium, as he officially held greater authority despite both of them being of proconsular rank; and treason, which violated the lex Iulia maiestatis for moving troops out of his province without authorization to wage war (Rowe 2002, p. 11 and Ando, Tuori & Plessis 2016, p. 340).

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Germanicus
Caesar.

Works by or about Germanicus
Germanicus
in libraries ( WorldCat
WorldCat
catalog) Cassius Dio, Roman History (Loeb Classical Library English translation) Suetonius, Life of Tiberius
Tiberius
(Loeb Classical Library English translation) Velleius Paterculus, Roman History Book II (Loeb Classical Library English translation) Suetonius, Life of Caligula
Caligula
(Loeb Classical Library translation) Suetonius, Life of Caligula(Alexander Thomson translation)  " Germanicus
Germanicus
Cæsar". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 

Political offices

Preceded by Manius Aemilius Lepidus, and Titus Statilius Taurus Consul of the Roman Empire 12 with Gaius Fonteius Capito Succeeded by Gaius Silius, and Lucius Munatius Plancus

Preceded by Lucius Pomponius Flaccus, and Gaius Caelius Rufus Consul of the Roman Empire 18 with Tiberius Succeeded by Lucius Seius Tubero, and Livineius Regulus

Authority control

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