Claudius in Wikipedia
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (1 August 10 BC –
13 October AD 54; Tiberius Claudius Drusus from birth to AD 4,
then Tiberius Claudius Nero Germanicus until his accession)
was the fourth Roman Emperor and a member of the Julio-
Claudian dynasty, ruling from 24 January AD 41 to his death in
AD 54. Born in Lugdunum in Gaul (modern-day Lyon, France) to
Drusus and Antonia Minor, he was the first Roman emperor to be
born outside Italia.
He was reportedly afflicted with some type of disability, and
his family had virtually excluded him from public office until
his consulship with his nephew Caligula in AD 37. Claudius'
infirmity may have saved him from the fate of many other Roman
nobles during the purges of Tiberius' and Caligula's reigns;
potential enemies did not see him as a serious threat to them.
His very survival led to his being declared emperor
(reportedly at the insistence of the Praetorian Guard) after
Caligula's assassination, at which point he was the last adult
male of his family...
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