Gold ring with carnelian intaglio portrait of Tiberius


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.

Gold ring with carnelian intaglio portrait of Tiberius, Gold, carnelian, Roman

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