Sunday, June 1, 2008

How did Claudius become emperor?

Claudius was the fourth Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, ruling from January 24, 41 to his death in 54. The first Roman Emperor to be born outside Italy, he was considered a rather unlikely man to become emperor. as he was reportedly afflicted with some type of disability.

However, this infirmity may have saved him from the fate of many other Roman nobles during the purges of Tiberius and Caligula's reigns. His very survival led to his being declared emperor after Caligula's assassination, at which point he was the last adult male of his family. Despite his lack of political experience, Claudius proved to be an able administrator and a great builder of public works. His reign saw an expansion of the empire, including the conquest of Britain.

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