Tiberius Gemellus


Tiberius, son of Drusus junior.--In the year of Rome, 772 (19 CE), male twins were born to the younger Drusus by his wife Livilla, an event greatly rejoiced at and boasted of at the time by the emperor Tiberius, who is said to have bestowed his own name on one of these children. The other, whose appellation remains unknown (he is now known as Germanicus Gemellus), died at the age of four years. The less fortunate survivor was appointed in the grandfather's will to be associated in the empire with Caligula, on whose accession to the supreme power in the year v.c. 790 (47 CE) the youthful Tiberius was put to death. The infant heads of his brother and himself, placed on two horns of plenty, with a caduceus between them, but without inscription, appear on 1st brass coins of Drusus their father. It is a type which elegantly symbolises the fetility and happiness of the imperial family.--See Cornucopiae.



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