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Claudius (Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus) – (10 BC—54 AD) – Roman emperor (41-54 AD)
Claudius was the brother of Germanicus and so uncle to the tyrant Caligula. He was reported to have been born somewhat deformed, with a limp, a stutter and a twitch. If he did have such disabilities, they may have saved his life, for he was the butt of his nephew’s jokes and taunts. Caligula, who was quite capable of ordering his uncle’s death, may have spared him because of his apparent uselessness. But when Caligula died and was hardly cold, the troops in Rome declared Claudius Emperor.
One of the first achievements of Claudius’ reign was the conquest of Britain. The Emperor himself visited Britain in about 44.
Claudius was a scholar, and he was also a builder. In fact the aqueduct he erected in Rome is still partially standing. He also enlarged the harbour at Ostia and made it into a major port, a project already planned nearly 90 years earlier by Julius Caesar.
Claudius had very little luck which his wives. The first, Urgunilla, was tall and hideous. The second, Messalina, betrayed him and committed adultery with many senators, and the third, his niece, Agrippina, poisoned him, in 54.
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