Birth of Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, First Roman Emperor Born Outside Italy Hot

Birth of Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, First Roman Emperor Born Outside Italy

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Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, fourth emperor of the Roman Empire, is born in Gaul — the first Roman emperor born outside Italy.

Because of illness as a child he will be weak and infirm as an adult, something which probably saves him from the purges conducted by his grandfather Tiberius and his nephew Caligula.

Upon the assassination of Caligula, Claudius will be named emperor by the Praetorian Guard. The senators involved in the assassination plot had intended to use the murder as a stepping stone towards restoring the Roman Republic, but they are thwarted in this by the military.

Claudius is not groomed to become emperor and no one ever considers him for leadership of the Roman Empire. Nevertheless, he will prove to be a good administrator and leader. The Roman Empire makes several important conquests during Claudius' reign, including Thrace, Lycia, and Judaea, and Claudius launches numerous important building projects.

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