Claudius Biography

Claudius was Roman emperor from 41 to 54. A member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, he was the son of Drusus and Antonia Minor. He was born at Lugdunum in Gaul, the first Roman Emperor to be born outside Italy. Because he was afflicted with a limp and slight deafness due to sickness at a young age, his family ostracized him and excluded him from public office until his consulship, shared with his nephew Caligula in 37.

Claudius' infirmity probably 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 man 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 began the conquest of Britain. Having a personal interest in law, he presided at public trials, and issued up to twenty edicts a day. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Claudius
Full Name:
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Profession:
Roman emperor
Date of Birth:
August 1, 10 BC
Astrological Sign:
Leo
Date of Death:
October 13, 54 BC
Age at Death:
63
Cause of Death:
Assassination
Claudius Timeline
  • 41-01-24
    Claudius succeeds his nephew Caligula as Roman Emperor after his assassination by Praetorian Guards.
  • 41-01-25
    After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate.
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