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An Heir is Dead
Contributed by David Verne
Lucius Casesar has been sent to complete his military training in Hispania, while his older brother and co-heir Gaius is leading soldiers in Armenia. On his way to Hispania he gets sick and dies on August 20 in Massalia, current day Marseille, France. His death leaves Gaius as the only heir for the Empire, but there is a backup if necessary. Augustus' stepson, Tiberius, has been in self-imposed retirement on Rhodes for eight years, probably linked to his unhappy marriage to an unfaithful wife and a wish to not get assassinated by political opponents. Tiberius is allowed to return to Rome by Augustus as a private citizen, possibly through the urging of Tiberius' mother Livia Drusilla.