To the Tiber with Tiberius!

The cry of the Roman mob upon hearing of the death of the unpopular Emperor Tiberius (42 BC - 37 AD). No light insult, by any means - proper burial was a big deal in Ancient Rome and being posthumously tossed into the River Tiber was a fate usually reserved for criminals. In fact, Tiberius himself had endorsed the practice as a means of disposal for state executions, lending the crowd's demand a sort of vicious irony. Despite the outcry, Tiberius was given a lavish military funeral by his opportunistic successor Caligula, who used the eulogy to exhibit his own oratorical skill.

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