Question: Were the Julio-Claudians really as bad as they seem?
In my opinion the Julio-Claudians were not as bad as they seemed. Everyone one of them had a bit of an insanity problem in the course of there lifetime but they accomplished great goals. When each of them were emperor of Rome they influenced it greatly and helped Rome to become a better and more powerful place. When Julius Caesar died the first Julio-Claudian took over, Augustus. Augustus was very loyal to both the military and Roman senate he didn’t favor one or the other. Augustus gained respect through his loyalty. The next person in line was Tiberius. Tiberius was a great general but he didn’t care too much about being emperor. Tiberius was known for being a bit crazy. What many people don’t know is that he was forced into being an emperor and didn’t want to be it. His insanity was caused by a good friend convincing him that everyone hated him. The next emperor was Caligula who was a very rude and crazy tyrant. The next emperor was Claudius who constructed amazing buildings all over Rome. Then came Nero who insanely played his fiddle during the Great Fire of Rome. As you can see the emperors were all a little crazy but they made some great contributions to Rome.