Claudius ruled as emperor, January 24, 41- October 13, 54 A.D.
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Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (born 10 B.C., died 54 A.D.) suffered from various physical infirmities which many thought reflected his mental state. As a result, Claudius was secluded, a fact that kept him safe. Claudius became emperor shortly after his nephew was assassinated by his bodyguard, on January 24, A.D. 41. The tradition is that Claudius was found by some of the Praetorian Guard hiding behind a curtain. The guard hailed him as emperor. Tradition has it that Claudius' wife Agrippina killed her husband by means of a poison mushroom on October 13, A.D. 54.