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Nero's Step-Brother's Birthday

By February 11, 2014

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On This Day in Ancient History - February 11

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On this day in ancient history, Emperor Claudius' son Britannicus was born in 41 A.D. Although Britannicus was Claudius' own son, Claudius made his wife's son, Nero, his heir.

About a decade later (between 50 and 55), on February 11, the future Emperor Domitian's wife, Domitia Longina, was born. Domitian was the last of the Flavian Emperors, the younger son of Vespasian. Domitian restored or built about 50 structures and maintained a higher standard of silver in his currency than had his father. Despite such accomplishments, Domitian was, with good reason, an unpopular ruler who was killed in a palace plot that included Domitia, whom the emperor had exiled and then recalled.


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