Claudius in Wikipedia
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (1 August 10 BC – 13 October AD 54), born Tiberius Claudius Drusus, then
Tiberius Claudius Nero Germanicus until his accession, was Roman Emperor from 41 to 54 AD. A member of the Julio-Claudian
dynasty, he succeeded his nephew Caligula. The son of Drusus and Antonia Minor, he was born in Lugdunum in Gaul, and was
the first emperor to be born outside Italy. 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 37 AD. Claudius' infirmity may
have saved him from the fate of many other nobles during the purges of Tiberius' and Caligula's reigns; potential enemies
did not see him as a serious threat. His survival led to his being declared emperor by the Praetorian Guard after
Caligula's assassination, at which point he was the last adult male of his family.
Despite his lack of experience, Claudius proved to be an able and efficient administrator. He was also an ambitious
builder, constructing many new roads, aqueducts, and canals across the empire. During his reign, the empire conquered
Britain, Thrace, Noricum, Pamphylia, Lycia, and Judaea. He took a personal interest in the law, presided at public trials,
and issued up to twenty edicts a day. However, he was seen as vulnerable throughout his reign, particularly by the
nobility. Claudius was constantly forced to shore up his position; this resulted in the deaths of many senators. These
events damaged his reputation among the ancient writers, though more recent historians have revised this opinion. After
his death in 54, his grand-nephew and adopted son Nero succeeded him as emperor...