By Michael Axworthy
Even though usually vilified, Iran is a state of serious highbrow type and intensity, and one of many oldest carrying on with civilizations on the earth. Its political effect has been large, not just on its acquaintances within the heart East but in addition during the global. From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the strong old Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage difficulty, and the present standoff over Iran’s nuclear pursuits, Michael Axworthy vividly narrates the nation’s wealthy historical past. He explains sincerely and
carefully either the complicated succession of dynasties that governed historical Iran and the impressive ethnic variety of the fashionable state, held jointly by means of a typical tradition. With Iran back the point of interest of the world’s cognizance, A background of Iran is a necessary consultant to realizing this unstable state.
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His conduct was correspondingly meek, but we need not doubt that a lesson had been learned. The occasion of Tiberius’ return was probably the coming to manhood of his son Drusus. The ceremony over, he moved out of the limelight again. 73 Tiberius had no public part to play in the funeral, but advertised his proper grief by composing a poem, ‘A Lament on the Death of Lucius’. Augustus was shaken, but not shattered; it was said that he bore his relatives’ deaths with greater fortitude than their errors.
We have seen Agrippa reaching the position of near equality with Augustus: tribunician power at home, maius imperium in the provinces; and by his marriage to Vipsania Tiberius had been brought very close to Agrippa. But Agrippa’s own marriage to Augustus’ daughter Julia was proving fertile. One son, Gaius, was born in 20 BC, a second, Lucius, in 17. Augustus adopted both children simultaneously; they became his sons, and took the names Gaius and Lucius (Iulius) Caesar, officially shedding the plebeian and obscure ‘Vipsanius’, which M.
34 REHABILITATION: THE FINAL STRUGGLE FOR THE SUCCESSION Whether the alliance of Germanicus and Agrippina did anything to cement the two sides of the family together may be doubted. Tacitus’ comments on the relations between Tiberius and his adopted son, and the incontestably bad relations that developed after Germanicus’ death between the Princeps and Agrippina, should not mislead us. The earliest date at which any rivalry is hinted at is AD 14, when soldiers on the Rhine, perhaps not with very serious intent, or only to embarrass their commander, mooted a declaration for Germanicus; and Tacitus stresses his perfect loyalty on that occasion.