Who is Claudius the Roman Emperor?

Claudius was the emperor who followed Caligula. After Caligula's murder, the Praetorians were looking for someone to become emperor and they were said to have found Claudius hiding behind a drape. Because he was the only member of the imperial family to be found, he was hailed as emperor. At least that's how the story goes. At any rate, Claudius, who was not trained for public life due to his physical challenges, became emperor and with the help of his advisers turned out to be a fairly good emperor and left the state in good shape and good financial health at his death. He adopted Nero as his heir over his own son and when he showed signs of changing his mind, Nero's mother is said to have poisoned him before he could act.

Claudius was the emperor who followed Caligula. After Caligula's murder, the Praetorians were looking for someone to become emperor and they were said to have found Claudius hiding behind a drape. Because he was the only member of the imperial family to be found, he was hailed as emperor. At least that's how the story goes. At any rate, Claudius, who was not trained for public life due to his physical challenges, became emperor and with the help of his advisers turned out to be a fairly good emperor and left the state in good shape and good financial health at his death. He adopted Nero as his heir over his own son and when he showed signs of changing his mind, Nero's mother is said to have poisoned him before he could act.