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...
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