On the domestic front

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On the domestic front, Claudius exhibited a liberal citizenship policy, expanding trends begun  under Augustus. 1) He gave Latin citizenship to whole tribes in the Alps and Gaul. 2) He  accorded Roman citizenship to growing numbers of native chiefs. Some chiefs in Gaul already  had gained Roman citizenship, and now proposed to run for the office of quaestor, a senatorial-  level position of usually financial investigative powers. This was legal given their newly acquired  citizen status, but bound to incur senatorial ire. During an address to the Senate, however,  Claudius indicated that the greatness of Rome lay in its acceptance of foreign elements. This  forced the Senate to open the way to Gallic chief candidacy for quaestor and the senatorial  position that would follow it, and Claudius used his control over the censors to assure their  election. 
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