The first half of Tiberius' reign
An obscure fame surrounded Tiberius during his life and after his death. Tacito and Svetonio, the authors of the most reliable historical sources about that time, claimed him to be a vicious man and a merciless emperor. Even today the historians have still not found the real truth about Tiberius: maybe all these legends derived from his political opponents' envy.
Tiberius was born in 42 b. C. And died in 37 a. C., so Jesus Christ lived during his reign. He was a man of his time, in fact he obtained everything he wished to even using trickery. He ensured the succession to the throne by killing all his opponents and marring the emperor's widow.
Military talking he was really capable: he joined several battles in the Empire regions. He first was in Armenia, then in Rhaetia and finally in Pannonia. Within these battles he enlarged the empire borders. He participated to some expeditions in Germany, which were both successful and he put down several riots. Considering all this we can attest that Tiberius' military policy was one of success and that he managed well the inner policy and the economy too. Unfortunately he was not acclaimed neither by his subjects nor by the imperial family. Germanicus was thought to be the rightful heir to the throne mostly by everyone, so Tiberius was probably involved in his premature death, in 19 b. C.