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Claudius was then left to be raised by his mother, who never remarried.

A member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, he was the son of Drusus and Antonia Minor.

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.

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.

Augustus, according to a letter, was surprised at the clarity of Claudius' oratory. His work as a budding historian damaged his prospects for advancement in public life.

According to Vincent Scramuzza and others, Claudius began work on a history of the Civil Wars that was either too truthful or too critical of Octavian—then reigning as Augustus Caesar.

During his reign the Empire began the conquest of Britain (if the earlier invasions of Britain by Caesar and Caligula's aborted attempts are not counted).