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Claudius According to Tacitus CLAS 258 1
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Table of Contents Page 1……….Introduction and Summary of Claudius’ Accomplishments Page 2……………………………………..….Tacitus’s View of Claudius Page 3…………………………………………...Other Views of Claudius Page 4…………………………………….…….. Conflict and Conclusion 2
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Brittany Bogue CLAS 258 Prof. Reiss 1 March 2007 Claudius According to Tacitus In his historical account, The Annals of Imperial Rome, Tacitus describes the early Roman emperors. The fourth emperor, Claudius, stood out in the Imperial line as the “fool” of the family, however, when this unlikely man became Emperor, he accomplished a great many things. Though the first six years or so of his rule as described by Tacitus were lost, much of the account of his reign is left intact. Within this historical account lies a contradiction between the man described and his accomplishments as emperor. Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was handed control of the Roman Empire in 41 C.E., after the reign of madness lead by his nephew and predecessor, Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Caligula,) ended with his murder. While the Roman Empire remained relatively stagnant throughout Caligula’s reign, Claudius made several significant advances and changes, some of which even Caesar failed to accomplish. After the murder of Caligula and his immediate family, the senate hoped for the restoration of the Republic, but the Praetorian Guard proclaimed Claudius as Emperor. After the legitimacy of his rule was verified, Claudius took many steps toward expanding the Empire. Unlike Caligula’s fake encounters with Germans and Gauls set up by the emperor himself as fake triumphs, Claudius was the first Emperor since Augustus to successfully seize Britain, and pacifying the tribal leaders. 1 The capture of Britain put many valuable resources at 1 Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome 11.3 3
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the disposal of Rome, including slaves, precious metals that were scarce in other provinces of Rome, and other natural resources.
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