"Free of Vices"
When Nero had committed suicide in 68 AD the Julio Claudian line of emperors and the race of Caesar came to an inglorious end. The senate and the praetorians immediately proclaimed an old man named Servius Sulpicius Galba as Emperor of Rome. Galba was one of the most powerful men in Rome, the last member of a wealthy and influential family for over 300 years. According to Tacitus Galba was "free of vices rather than distinguished by virtues." After only a few months of ruling Rome he was considered too incompetent, and a man named Otho marched into Rome with legions from the Rhine River. Galba was murdered and Otho took his place.