Gold ring with carnelian intaglio portrait of Tiberius
Early Imperial, Tiberian
ca. A.D. 14–37
Overall: 13/16 in. (2.1 cm)
Gold and Silver
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Tiberius, stepson of Augustus, was already fifty-six years old when he became emperor in A.D. 14. His accession established the precedent of dynastic rule in Rome by the Julio-Claudian family. Despite long years of experience as a general and administrator under Augustus, Tiberius was not a popular ruler and spent the last ten years of his reign living in seclusion on the island of Capri.
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