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Prologue: the Roman Empire in 41 AD; Introduction: the problem of Claudius; 1. Claudius Caesar; 2. A statue in silver; 3. Imperial favors; 4. Subduing the ocean; 5. Lists of peoples and places; 6. Caesar-lovers; 7. The eight hundredth year of Rome; 8. Practical pyramids; 9. The burden of government; 10. The judgment of Pallas; 11. Signaling retreat?; 12. The golden predicament.

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A study of the reign of Claudius (AD 41-54), exploring what it can tell us about the developing Roman Empire.

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Josiah Osgood is Associate Professor of Classics at Georgetown University. His teaching and research touch many areas of Roman history and Latin literature, but focus especially on the late Roman Republic and early Empire. His first book, Caesar's Legacy: Civil War and the Emergence of the Roman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2006), examined the period after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Osgood has more recently published several articles on Caesar, as well as aspects of Roman family life and education. He is currently finishing a Latin textbook for intermediate and advanced students, A Suetonius Reader, and is also co-editing with Susanna Braund A Companion to Persius and Juvenal.


"Claudius Caesar is an altogether exemplary biography." --BMCR
"...the book reads well, perhaps because of the character that Osgood puts into his writing. ...Osgood creates what might be termed a political biography and, as a result, has made a very useful contribution to our understanding of both Claudius and the early principate." --Ancient History Bulletin Online Review

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