The story of Germanicus is one of the great Roman tragedies. While the House of Octavian was consistently beset by scandals and misfortunes, the Germanicus affair represented a major turning point in both the reign of Tiberius and the legitimacy of the Julio-Claudians. Before Germanicus, the Principate was viewed with respect tinged with fear. After Germanicus, fear became dominant. Before Germanicus, most Romans were at least willing to give Tiberius a chance. Afterward, they just hoped to survive him.