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Tiberius, Emperor of Rome, was more depressed than Edgar Allan Poe.

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I am of the position that Emperor Tiberius of the Roman Empire was more depressed than Edgar Allan Poe, an American Romantic poet.

Reason 1: Tiberius was forced to become emperor against his will. Poe, by contrast, was never thrust into any occupation. His work, such as joining the military and becoming a writer, was voluntary.

Reason 2: Furthermore, being an emperor is more stressful than being a writer. Unlike Poe, Tiberius was constantly threatened with assassinations and revolts, and he had to manage one of the largest empires in history. Poe just sat at a desk all day.

Reason 3: Tiberius was forced divorce his wife and then marry a literal whore. When he tried to get his true love back, she ignored him. Poe repeatedly tapped underage girls.

Reason 4: Tiberius was so depressed that he effectively stepped down from his position as the most powerful man in the world and then locked himself up on an island. Poe was never so depressed as to give up his place.



When he was quite young his father ran off.
Then his mother died.
He grew up literally across the street from his mother's grave.
Since she was an actress she wasn't allowed to be buried inside the church yard so she was buried outside the iron fence.
He would start off okay but could never finish.
He got himself kicked out of school, racked up a ton of debt, his first love ran off and married another man, begged to get out of the army, begged to get kicked out of West Point.
Kept loosing job after job for getting drunk, fighting, not showing up, etc.
On his masterpiece, The Raven, he made a grand total of $9.00.
He married his 14 yr old cousin, not exactly a fulfilling reationship for a 26 yr old man.
His brother died of alcoholism.
His wife got sick with tuberculocous and died.
He began drinking heavily and acting crazy.
He was found on the street in bad shape waering someone else's clothes and died shortly thereafter.
Even though his life was quite interesting, from the theater, to Europe, the military, West Point, several leading newspapers, sucess in writing .... he could never seem to get out of the funk.
It seemed that alcoholism, clinical depression, and extreme restlessness ran in the family.
He could never see the good of things and allowed the bad things to bring him bad.
Though given many chances to excel, he lived in a rut his entire life.
Depression is an illness, it will do that to lets see tiberius.

Tiberius Caesar Augustus, born Tiberius Claudius Nero (November 16, 42 BC"March 16 AD 37), was the second Roman Emperor, from the death of Caesar Augustus in AD 14 until his own death in 37. Tiberius was by birth a Claudian"son of Tiberius Nero and Livia, but through his adoption by Augustus"who was both his stepfather and father-in-law"he became a Julian. The subsequent emperors after Tiberius would continue this blended dynasty of both families for the next forty years; historians have named it the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

Tiberius is remembered as a dark, reclusive, and depressed ruler who never truly desired the right to rule. His reign is marked by terror and mayhem in which the Emperor exiled himself from Rome and left administration in the hands of Lucius Aelius Sejanus, who used his influence over Tiberius and his position in the Praetorian Guard to push his own political agenda and personal revenges. Eventually, Tiberius died, and his grandson by adoption Caligula followed him as the next Roman Emperor
now people who do you think had a rougher time ?
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