"He was obliged to divorce his own wife"

Vipsania Agrippina
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This description of Tiberius's first marriage, to Vipsania Agrippina, whom he passionately loved, is taken almost word-for-word from Suetonius's The Twelve Caesars. Augustus's callousness, in forcing Tiberius to divorce his true love in order to contract a more "suitable" political marriage, has often been seen as a factor in Tiberius's later descent into personal unhappiness and sexual depravity.