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This is one of the oldest portraits found in Britain. It is of the Emperor Claudius. He is famous today as the subject of a bestselling historical fiction novel, but he was a good emperor in his own right. Claudius
conquered Britain, succeeding where Julius Caesar failed
was declared emperor by the Praetorian Guard, the elite bodyguards of the Roman Emperors, when they found him hiding behind curtains in the imperial palace during the aftermath of crazy Caligula’s assassination
married four times, after two failed betrothals (one fiance died on their wedding day!)
was the last known person able to read Estruscan. He wrote an Etruscan dictionary and history, and eight volumes on Carthaginian history.

This is one of the oldest portraits found in Britain. It is of the Emperor Claudius. He is famous today as the subject of a bestselling historical fiction novel, but he was a good emperor in his own right. Claudius

  • conquered Britain, succeeding where Julius Caesar failed
  • was declared emperor by the Praetorian Guard, the elite bodyguards of the Roman Emperors, when they found him hiding behind curtains in the imperial palace during the aftermath of crazy Caligula’s assassination
  • married four times, after two failed betrothals (one fiance died on their wedding day!)
  • was the last known person able to read Estruscan. He wrote an Etruscan dictionary and history, and eight volumes on Carthaginian history.

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