Roman Gold Aureus of Emperor Tiberius - SK.060Origin: MediterraneanCirca: 14 AD to 37 ADCollection: Roman CoinsMedium: Gold.Tiberius was a tragic figure. He was an outstanding military commander - the best of his age - but he was neither interested in nor fitted for politics. Yet, as the son of Emperor Augustus, he was doomed to be emperor. He knew Augustus favored others over him and that he was about the eighth choice. It was his mother, Livia, who was determined that Tiberius should succeed. He was unenthusiastic about becoming emperor and ended by loathing his position. Historically, he has a reputation for being over suspicious to the point of paranoia, constantly fearing plots against his life by senators or popular rivals. In the latter part of his reign, Tiberius moved to the island of Capri, out of touch with Rome but still emperor.