I’m struck by how save and seemingly uncontrollable many of the emperors were. Seutonius doensn’t really get into economics, or the broader context of the emperors he profiles, but one can only assume that the Empire was continuing to be managed effectively for the ruling class to tolerate this behavior. It may be because the senate and the military were such opposing forces, and the Senate couldn’t really get rid of an installed emperor, while most of the savagery was directed toward the ruling class rather than the military. In any case, it’s in an interesting dynamic to let monsters retain absolute power.
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