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Who was Tiberius Caesar?

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar… Luke 3:1

            Tiberius was the second Roman emperor from 14 to 37 AD.  He succeeded his stepfather, Augustus.  His original name was Tiberius Claudius Nero.  His mom divorced and married Augustus who became the first Roman emperor, a new title of emperor.  An emperor was more military than monarchy, but the role had final say in all matters.  When Tiberius died, his grand-nephew took over, Caligula.  Tiberius’ reign of twenty-two years was one of the longest.