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  Claudius, the reluctant Emperor

Claudius, the reluctant Emperor
  CLAUDIUS ERA (41-54)

41 AD - Caligula's murder and succession.

Caligula's cruel tyranny provokes huge opposition and many plots. Although he tries to crush them, new plots replace those he has discovered. Eventually a tribune, named Cassius Chaerea, corners and kills him. After his murder, his uncle, Claudius, is discovered in the palace hiding behind a curtain. Soldiers carry him off to their camp where they persuade him to become the new emperor.

43 AD - Imperial expansion.
Claudius is the first emperor since Augustus to extend the Roman Empire, adding five new provinces including Mauretania, Britain, Thrace and Lycia.
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