Claudius Dies Under Mysterious Circumstances

I see at Wikipedia that by someone’s calculation today is the day in the year 54 that the Emperor Claudius died, poisoned under mysterious circumstances. He would be succeeded by his nephew Nero.

This leads me to recall the mid nineteen seventies when the BBC series based upon Robert Graves’ novel I, Claudius came to America.

I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of the novel quickly enough so, somewhat grumpily I turned to the primary source for Graves, SuetoniusThe Lives of the Twelve Caesars.”

If you haven’t read these classic histories, you are missing something.

Just a word to the wise…

And, in case you’re unclear on where Claudius fits into the arc of Roman history, here you go…

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