Cladius was born #onthisday 1st August 10 B.C.- and died on 13th October 54 A.D. an unlucky day?. He was a Roman Emperor between 41-54 A.D. Firstly he was a member of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty, the son of Drusus and Antonia Minor, Born at Lugdunum in Gaul, the first emperor to be born outside of Italy. At a Young age he was afflicted with a limp and a slight deafness due to him being sick, his family excluded him from the public office until his consulship, while he shared the Consulship with his nephew Caligula in 37 A.D.
Secondly Claudius’ mental weakness saved him from the fates of other nobles such as Tiberius and Caligula’s reigns, which didn’t see him as a serious threat. His survival had him declared as emperor by the Pretorian guard and after the death of the Caligula’s, he was the last man of his family.
Thirdly despite the lack of experience Claudius had proven to be an able and effective administrator, a very ambitious builder, such examples, are the construction of many new roads and canals across Europe and the aqueducts. During his reign he began the conquest of Britain and he had a personal interest in law he presided at the public trails and issued up two twenty edicts a day.