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These events damaged his reputation among the ancient writers, though more recent historians have revised this opinion.
Many authors contend that he was murdered by his own wife.
Antonia referred to him as a monster, and used him as a standard for stupidity.
She seems to have passed her son off on his grandmother Livia for a number of years.
There is some speculation that the inscription was added by Claudius himself decades later, and that he originally did not appear at all.
When Augustus died in 14 AD, Claudius — then 23 — appealed to his uncle Tiberius to allow him to begin the cursus honorum.
He was born at Lugdunum in Gaul, the first (and until Trajan, the only) Roman Emperor to be born outside Italy.
Because he was afflicted with a limp and slight deafness due to sickness at a young age, his family ostracized him and excluded him from public office until his consulship, shared with his nephew Caligula in 37.
Claudius was born on 1 August 10 BC at Lugdunum (modern Lyon, France). His mother, Antonia, may have had two other children who died young.
His maternal grandparents were Mark Antony and Octavia Minor, Augustus' sister, and he was therefore the great-great grandnephew of Gaius Julius Caesar.
His paternal grandparents were Livia, Augustus' third wife, and Tiberius Claudius Nero.
Despite his lack of experience, Claudius proved to be an able and efficient administrator.
He was also an ambitious builder, constructing many new roads, aqueducts, and canals across the Empire.