Tiberius, unlike Augustus, was only generous with financial help on rare occasions. And he stopped the urban development in the provinces. Because these are things you do if you want to make people like you. Tiberius didn’t seem to care. The hard work had been done by Augustus. Tiberius is in caretaker mode. He left good people in positions of power for decades because he didn’t like risk or change. Which, of course, made the cursus honorum a bit of a joke. And he treated the word and actions of Augustus as if they were the decrees of a god, not a mere man. All of this is because Tiberius is a Roman aristocrat and he made a promise to his adopted father that he would fulfil his wishes. He was Caesar Augustus Tiberius, son of the Divine Augustus. The Son Of God.
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In case you were wondering: For hundreds of years some Jews underwent a surgical procedure known as epispasm—an operation that "corrected" a circumcised penis - so they could fit into Greek and Roman society, where you had to be nude in the gymnasium and baths and sporting events. The surgeon would cut around the glans freeing the sheath of skin surrounding the shaft of the penis, pull the skin forward and dress the wound carefully so that the skin would reattach to the glans leaving a foreskin. ...