Claudius Death

Today in Roman History —> On this day in 54 AD Roman emperor Claudius dies from poisoning under mysterious circumstances. It’s been suggested that the poison may have been made by the notorious poisoner Locusta.

Nearly all implicate his final wife, Agrippina, as the instigator. Agrippina and Claudius had become more combative in the months leading up to his death. This carried on to the point where Claudius openly lamented his bad wives, and began to comment on Britannicus’ approaching manhood with an eye towards restoring his status within the imperial family. Agrippina had motive in ensuring the succession of Nero (her son) before Britannicus could gain power.

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