|Tiberius Licinius Crassus|
|First appearance||S3E01: Enemies of Rome|
|Last appearance||S3E09: The Dead and the Dying|
|Relationships|| Marcus Licinius Crassus (Father)|
Licinia (Cousin, deceased)
Julius Caesar (Rival/Enemy)
Kore (Slave/Friend/Victim, deceased)
Sabinus (Best Friend, deceased)
Mettius (Right-Hand Man, deceased)
Mettius' Friend (Bodyguard, deceased)
Naevia (Enemy, deceased)
Rufus (Ally, deceased)
|Status||Deceased (Killed by Kore)|
Tiberius Licinius Crassus is the son of Marcus Licinius Crassus. He is given the duty of defeating Spartacus and his army along with Crassus, and is using this opportunity to please and gain favor from his father by doing so.
Tiberius is a young Roman man with dark cropped hair. He bears a youthful appearance, of average build and with a clean-shaven face.
Wearing the robes of the elite Roman class, he also wears a special suit of armor attributed to a Roman soldier and wields a sword designed for the House of Crassus.
Tiberius is impulsive and tends to make irrational decisions. He holds slaves in low regard (Spartacus in particular), though he does appear to be on good terms with Kore. Tiberius also displays overconfidence and spoiled characteristics that came from being born to a prestigious family. He seeks to rise in his father's eyes and will do whatever he must to prove his worth.
After his father forces him, Sabinus and the rest of his unit to perform decimation, he sees his father for what he really is. This action causes Tiberius to go into a deep depression with a glaring hatred towards his father. After these events, he begins calling Marcus Crassus 'Imperator' as opposed to father. His contempt for others is shown in how he is willing to use brutal and immoral methods in order to show his dominance. One of which is raping a beloved slave of Marcus Crassus.
He is skilled in the ways of a Roman Soldier, but lacks true battlefield experience. Despite this, he demonstrates skill with a sword and spear and proves himself an above-average fighter.
War of the DamnedEditTiberius watches as Crassus spars with Hilarus. He complains that his father spends too much time sparring with Hilarus and not enough time focusing on the rebellion. When Crassus accepts command under Cossinius and Furius, Tiberius scolds his father for accepting command under Romans who are "lesser" then he is. Nonetheless, Crassus puts Tiberius in charge of the task of quickly assembling a military, whom Tiberius puts Sabinus in charge of. Continuing to watch Crassus train with Hilarus, Tiberius again scolds his father for not taking the time to prepare against Spartacus. Tiberius says that Spartacus and all slaves alike are beneath Romans. Crassus has Tiberius spar against Hilarus, who easily beats the boy. Crassus retorts that Tiberius' attitude is the same as all those killed by Spartacus possessed. As Crassus finally fights Hilarus to the death, he commands Tiberius to grant the champion his freedom should he be killed in their duel, something Tiberius objects to, but does as commanded. Crassus defeats Hilarus and Tiberius looks at his father.
As Metellus grants Crassus responsibility of the new army to send against Spartacus, Tiberius realizes this was Crassus' plan all along, with his father saying, "The house of Crassus bows to no one". Crassus walks onward, with Tiberius showing a look of impression and new found respect for his father.When Julius Caesar unites his powerfully respected name with Crassus' immensely vast wealth, an investigative Tiberius becomes envious of Caesar's sudden prospects, though Sabinus advises Tiberius to pay no attention to Caesar, contemplating a more prosperous future between the two friends. Later on, Tiberius finds Caesar making advances with Kore, thus angering Tiberius, which ignites a bitter rivalry between the two key figures under Crassus. Much to the surprise of Tiberius and Caesar, Crassus gives Tiberius a rank of commander in Crassus' army. Tiberius is then located in an encampment alongside Mummius. With the duties of a high rank position under Crassus, Tiberius and Sabinus discuss their future political aspirations when Tiberius encounters Caesar, both of whom are not pleased with each other's presence. Suddenly, a deserting Sinuessa guard reaches their camp when he informs the two of Spartacus' takeover of the city. In the middle of Tiberius further questioning of the guard, however, Caesar smashes his sword into the guard's head, cleaving it in two and spraying blood onto Tiberius. The young commander is infuriated by this action, to which Caesar justifies for the soldier's cowardice. Tiberius informs Caesar he is under his command, although Caesar simply scoffs at this and walks away.
Learning of Spartacus' location, Tiberius considers the possibility of sneak attacking the city, although Sabinus worries about the consequences of this action. When Spartacus and the Cilician pirates make an arrangement of deals outside of the city into the shores, Tiberius takes opportunistic action and attacks the parties with a full-on force. In the midst of battle, Tiberius showcases unexpected
fighting skills, even besting few of the Rebels and pirates, although the tide is quickly turned. When he encounters Totus, Tiberius ends up seriously wounded by a spear to the midsection, although he ends up killing the rebel. Sabinus arrives just in time to escort Tiberius away from the battlefield, as the pirates launch fireballs onto the Romans, killing Mummius among others.As a disgraced Tiberius tends to his wounds, he is reprimanded by Crassus for his humiliating defeat. The Imperator informs his son of Caesar's current disguise as a slave, and that the act of decimation will soon have to take place in order to instill fear and respect into the army. Crassus tells Tiberius fifty men will be chosen for the lottery, where only five stones picked will spell certain death, and that Tiberius is among the soldiers. With all ranks and position stripped from him, Tiberius ponders at his bleak future while painting the five white stones for the decimation lottery. Sabinus comes in to encourage Tiberius for his valiant efforts, although Tiberius is in too much of a somber mood. During the pickings for the decimation, Tiberius ends up a lucky recipient with a regular stone, although Sabinus ends up with a white stone, ensuring his death. Sabinus comforts Tiberius and tells him to follow command. A conflicted and an emotionally discharged Tiberius watches on as Sabinus and other soldiers get beaten to a bloody pulp with wooden clubs. As Sabinus's bloodied body is ravaged by countless blows, Tiberius mercifully ends his life with a club to the head. Afterwards, Tiberius becomes an emotional wreck, with deep resentment for his father, going as far as to coldly call him 'The Imperator' rather than father, and acting more as a soldier than a son.
At the disgraced soldier's camp, Tiberius reminisces the white stone that declared the end of Sabinus' life, while he notices other soldiers beginning to fight over food. Upset by the injustice of Sabinus getting decimated over the desertion cowardly soldiers instead of the soldiers themselves, he goes over to them. Tiberius angrily asks "You wish to fight now ?!" and attacks two of them and reprises them for their actions saying because of their cowardice they are mired in shame and says it is cruelest fate that they live while his friend who stood ground is dead because of them.
Kore then offers her comfort to the broken boy, and eventually guides him to her tent. Deeply angered by Crassus' choice to discipline him with the death of his friend, he goes to the lavish, loving tent of Kore who attempts to comfort him, after Tiberius kisses her impulsively and Kore refuses him he brutally rapes the body slave as an act of revenge towards his father saying "He took something from me, and I would have something in return".Later on, in order to return to his father's grace, Crassus offers Tiberius to help out in constructing a celebration for Caesar, whose subterfuge ultimately secured the rebel's defeat and departure from Sinuessa. Although annoyed by this, Tiberius accepts the proposal. Upon meeting up with Kore again, Tiberius blames the rape on her and threatens the slave to keep their incident a secret, lest punishment from either Crassus or Tiberius fall on Kore he tells her if she were to tell he would not be as gentle next time. Before the celebration of Caesar, Tiberius meets up with him for the preparations, where Caesar enjoys the pleasures of whores in his chambers. After Tiberius declines an offer of a whore from Caesar, the honored tribune belittles Tiberius and mockingly reminds the boy of his failures and Caesar's successes. When the celebration arrives, including the brutal deaths of captured slaves, a bitter Tiberius notices an angered Donar, whom is enraged by the actions of the Romans. As Donar is set to fight Caesar as the last of the festivities, Tiberius takes advantage of Donar's resentment of Caesar, and secretly unshackles him to try to kill Caesar. As the plan unfolds, Caesar notices this deceit, but goes along with it, and although Caesar is injured by Donar, he manages to defeat the rebel before Donar defiantly commits suicide. Although Tiberius' plan failed to kill Caesar, it at least managed to injure him.
After the celebrations, Crassus reinstates Tiberius to his former position, with promises of a more rewarding future, including Kore's promotion to a villaca in Sinuessa alongside Tiberius. Excited at the prospect, Tiberius goes on to inform Kore of Crassus' decision, and delights in the idea of it. Tiberius then gleefully watches as Caesar learns of the news of Tiberius' promotion and Caesar placement underneath him. Despite the Caesar's demotion and Tiberius' elevation, Caesar warns how "many a giant has tumbled to the afterlife" for believing themselves unable to fall from their hubris.
In the snowy mountains, Tiberius camps out with Crassus and the Roman army, awaiting their next move on Spartacus. When Tiberius learns of Caesar's presence, who was supposed to stay in Sinuessa, he angrily asks Caesar why he does not follow his commands, to which Caesar replies Tiberius of Kore's presence, worrying the boy. However, Kore slips off into the night towards Spartacus army, relieving Tiberius.
When Crassus, Caesar, and Tiberius scout out the ditch filled with the frozen corpses of rebels, Tiberius is disgusted by 'savages' and their actions. It turns out to be a distraction, as Spartacus and his rebels attack Crassus and his Roman guards, although Crassus, Caesar, and Tiberius barely escape.
As they pursue Spartacus, Tiberius repeatedly questions and contradicts everything Caesar says and actually supports his father after he beats Senator Metellus in a fit of rage. This prompts Caesar to blackmail him over the rape of Kore which caused her flight that broke Crassus's heart. When Crixus makes for Rome, he urges his father to pursue Spartacus rather than defend Rome, which Caesar suggests defending. After taking their leave from Crassus, the two of them fall to a heated argument during which Caesar reveals that he learned the truth of Kore's rape. Tiberius smashes a flagon in Caesar's face and attacks him. The tribune easily bests him but is assaulted by the Praetorian Guard that protects Tiberius. They restrain Caesar, who Tiberius rapes, threatening to speak of it if Caesar reveals what he has learned.After Crassus catches up to Crixus, Tiberius explains the fact that a sore Caesar is unable to ride by saying that he commanded him to charge on foot. During the battle, he leads a cavalry charge that breaks the rebels' flank. After watching his father fall off his horse, Tiberius yells for Crassus, and attempts to his aid. He manages to severely wound Agron as he rides by, and later stabs Crixus in the back with a spear as he was about to kill Caesar. For having supposedly defeated the Undefeated Gaul, Tiberius is granted final kill and takes Crixus's head.
A few days later, Tiberius is sent by Crassus that Pompey wants to aid Crassus in the hunt for Spartacus. Two messengers are sent and say that Pompey wants to meet with Crassus. Caesar warns Crassus that rebels might attack him on the way, so Crassus sends Tiberius instead. Tiberius discovers too late that it was a lie and Pompey is really Spartacus. He is then captured and beaten by Spartacus, along with his men.
The rebels later arrange executions at an abandoned arena, as the Romans once did with them. An infuriated Tiberius commands his men to allow themselves deaths by the rebels so they wouldn't be used as forms of entertainment. Afterwards, however, Kore meets up with Tiberius and discusses the role of slavery, before the former body slave tells Tiberius she will enjoy his death.Tiberius angrily watches on as his men are killed by the rebels for sport. When it is Tiberius turn, Naevia fights him, wanting revenge for Crixus. Saxa and Lugo drag the boy out into the arena, and then Naevia and Tiberius interact, with Crassus' son angered by the fact she is using his sword, to which Naevia jests she thought it was for a woman. The fight is at first evenly matched, with both combatants getting in shots, but eventually Naevia slashes Tiberius on the leg and arms, somewhat crippling him into the ground. When she is about to make the final blow, Spartacus intervenes and says that Crassus has sent Caesar with a bargain; if the rebels spare Tiberius, Crassus will give them 500 rebel prisoners, taken in battle from Crixus. Naevia beats Tiberius and says that she will have his life someday.
Spartacus later takes Tiberius to Caesar, who is not pleased to see Tiberius alive but amused to see him severely beaten. When they are about to hand Tiberius over, Kore suddenly appears and stabs Tiberius in the stomach with a knife. He then collapses to the ground and, after looking onto his killer who gives a smirk, Tiberius dies of his wounds. His corpse is later seen lying at the Roman camp with his father mourning.
List of AppearancesEdit
- Historically, Crassus had no known son named Tiberius. Crassus had two sons, Marcus and Publius.
- Tiberius is still considered too young to be appointed to the rank of military tribune, but still appears as an officer of some rank in his father's own legions. With his father's influence, Tiberius could stand to attain the rank of Tribunus Laticlavius (broad-striped tribune), the official second-in-command of a legion. Tiberius might hold a more provisional rank of Praefectus Cohortis (cohort prefect), which was a rank usually associated with the Auxilia. But as Tiberius serves in what is effectively his father's own private army, the military hierarchy may not be as straight-forward.
- Another possible military rank held by Tiberius may have been that of a Tribunus Rufulus, or "officer picked by the commander", which was actually how his father appointed him.
- Tiberius is the seventeenth main character to be killed.
- Tiberius and his family belong to the Gens Licinia, a dynasty of Etruscan origins who have risen from the Plebeian order. Among his forebears, are Gaius Licinius, a Tribunus Plebis elected in 493 BCE. And one Publius Licinius Varus, whom would later be renamed Publius Licinius Crassus Dives, who was elected Pontifex Maximus in 213 BCE, and Consul in 205 BCE, alongside Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus.
- If Tiberius is supposed to represent the real-life firstborn son of Marcus Crassus (also called Marcus), then he may have been born as early as the Roman year of 668 Ab Urbe Conditia (86 BCE), otherwise known as the Year of the Consulship of Lucius Cornelius Cinna and Gaius Marius.
- Before he was granted a commission as his father's second in command, Tiberius may have been referred to as an Adulescens, which means "young man", though the term appears in Caesar's Commentaries as a senator's son serving in the army without a formal commission.
- Filius is the Latin word for 'son'.
- Frater and Germanus are both Latin words for 'brother' (his relationship to Publius Crassus).
- Amicus is the Latin word for 'friend' (his relationship to Sabinus).