Tiberius (Ballantine books, 361K) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1960 by Ernst Mason (Author)
This book is about the private life of a Roman Emperor.
Two thousand years ago, a new emperor came to the throne of Rome. His name was Tiberius Claudius Nero, and the riddle of his character has shocked and puzzled the world ever since.
He used the public funds to gratify his taste for debauchery and vice, but refused ot give gladiatorial contests because he was to stingy to pay for the show.
He delighted in cruel punishments and invented ingenious new forms of torture - yet his reign was one of prosperity and peace.
He loved to talk with poets and philosophers - but his palace was staffed with spintriae, professional entertainers trained to perform every conceivable act of sexual perversion before an audience.
Calculating and licentious, intelligent and cruel, Tiberius spent the last fourteen years of his life surrounded by hired bodyguards in his pleasure palace on Capri - one of the most hated men the world has ever known. Yet he enriched the Roman treasury by more than two billion sesterces, and the historian Mommsen has called him "the ablest of all the sovereigns the Empire ever had."