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X. The Early Caesars: Claudius and Nero

Claudius Caesar
A bust of Claudius. Although he was never expected to rule, Claudius became emperor after Caligula’s murder in 41 AD. “Claudius_MAN_Napoli_Inv6060” by Marie-Lan Nguyen is licensed under CC BY 2.5

 

Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (or simply Claudius, as he’s better known) was an abnormality in more ways than one.

 

No one had ever expected Claudius to rule Rome. Though he had Continue reading X. The Early Caesars: Claudius and Nero

IX. The Early Caesars: Tiberius and Caligula

Tiberius Caesar
A bust of the Emperor Tiberius. A grim and unhappy man, he succeeded to the throne in 14 AD.

 

As Augustus approached the end of his lifetime, he had every reason to feel proud of himself.

 

His incredibly accomplished career had brought an end to a hundred years of instability and civil strife. He had unified, strengthened, enriched and expanded the Roman world, masterminding its transformation from Continue reading IX. The Early Caesars: Tiberius and Caligula