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Claudius, Emperor
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(Oct 1, 10 bce, Lyon – Oct 13, 54 ce, Rome). Tiberius Claudius Nero Germanicus was proclaimed emperor after the death of Caligula (Jan 24, 41 ce). He was poisoned by Agrippina, one of his wives, who wanted to secure the succession for her son Nero. Under Claudius, the imperial administration was expanded and the boundaries of the empire were extended. He promoted the ancient Roman cults (Roman religion). Unlike Caligula, however, he did not encourage the religious veneration of the emperor's person. According to Cassius Dio (60.6.6), Claudius decreed an assembly ba…

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Horn, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Claudius, Emperor”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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