Tiberius spent his last years in constantly increasing seclusion, misanthropy, and cruelty on the Island of Capri, where it is said he abandoned himself to debauchery. John the Baptist was called by God, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, to prepare the way for Christ as His precursor.However, these reports are at least coloured by prejudice and have not been satisfactorily proved. The ministry and death of John the Baptist and of Jesus Christ occurred during the reign of Tiberius. Shortly before his death Tiberius recalled the procurator Pontius Pilate from Judea.The purple background and the palms indicate royalty and triumph. Cosmas and Damian at Rome gives a good idea of the manner in which this subject was represented.
The Cross is encompassed by a circle of light as by a crown.
The crown of this crown are the apostles themselves, who are represented by a choir of doves. The Divine Lamb was usually represented in apsidal mosaics standing on the mystic mount whence flow the four streams of Paradise symbolizing the Evangelists ; twelve sheep six on either side, were further represented, coming from the cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem (indicated by small houses at the extremities of the scenes) and proceeding towards the lamb.
John the Baptist ; the Baptist is represented holding a scroll inscribed with the words: "Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccata mundi." From the fifth century the head of the lamb began to be encircled by the nimbus.
Several monuments also show the lamb with its head surmounted by various forms of the Cross; one monument discovered by de Vogüé in Central Syria shows the lamb with the Cross on its back.
Both the earlier and the later interpretations depend on a well-known text of the Acts of Sts. Raising his head, he looked at me and said, 'Welcome, my daughter.' And he called me to him and he gave me of the milk. Wilpert, however, calls attention to the fact that the things described in the vision of St.
Perpetua took place not on earth, but in heaven, where the Eucharist is no longer received .
It is only during the last sixty years that he has been more fairly judged, and at present the opinion begins to prevail that he was a genuine Roman, a ruler faithful to his duties, just, wise, and self-contained.
By the marriage of his mother with Emperor Augustus he became the latter's stepson, and was adopted by Augustus in A. Hard and secretive by nature and embittered by the neglect with which his step- father allowed him to be treated, he did not arouse personal enthusiasm, and until recently was described by historians as a bloody tyrant.
Tertullian (Apologeticum, v, xxi), from whom Eusebius and Orosius take the story, relates that Tiberius received a report concerning Christ and that he called upon the Senate to place Christ among the gods.