A member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, he was the son of Drusus and Antonia Minor.He was born at Lugdunum in Gaul, the first (and until Trajan, the only) Roman Emperor to be born outside Italy.
Claudius was then left to be raised by his mother, who never remarried.
Many authors contend that he was murdered by his own wife.
After his death in 54 AD (at age of 63), his grand-nephew and adopted son Nero succeeded him as Emperor.
Having a personal interest in law, he presided at public trials, and issued up to twenty edicts a day.
He was seen as vulnerable throughout his reign, particularly by elements of the nobility.