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Claudius (Latin: Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus;[1] 1 August 10 BC – 13 October 54), 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 and was the first emperor to be born outside Italy. 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 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 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 Thrace, Noricum, Pamphylia, Lycia and Judaea, and began the conquest of Britain. He took a personal interest in 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.


Agrippina may refer to:

In people:

  • Vipsania Agrippina (36 BC–20), daughter of Caecilia Attica and first wife of the Emperor Tiberius
  • Vipsania Marcella Agrippina (born 27 BC), daughter of Claudia Marcella Major and first wife of general Publius Quinctilius Varus
  • Julia the Younger or Vipsania Julia Agrippina (19 BC–28 or early 29), daughter of Julia the Elder and wife of Lucius Aemilius Paullus
  • Agrippina the Elder or Julia Vipsania Agrippina (14 BC–33), daughter of Julia the Elder, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula
  • Agrippina the Younger or Julia Agrippina (15–59), daughter of Agrippina the Elder and Germanicus, wife of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and later Claudius, mother of Nero
  • Agrippina of Mineo, 3rd-century Christian saint and martyr
  • Asinia Agrippina, a possible granddaughter of Vipsania Agrippina and possible second cousin to Agrippina the Younger
  • Antonia Agrippina, a possible granddaughter of Roman Governor of Judea, Antonius Felix
  • Vibullia Alcia Agrippina, mother of the Greek Senator and Sophist Herodes Atticus
  • Osinia Agrippina, a noble woman who descended from Julius or Iulius Capitolinus, who was one of the biographers of the Augustan History



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