Claudius accepts the crown and spares all the conspirators except Cassius for killing Caligula's wife and family. He also deifies Livia. Messalina, having borne him children, persuades him to let her rule alongside him and brings in senator Silanus as an aide, Silanus marrying Domitia, Messalina's mother. However Messalina attempts to seduce Silanus, leading him to try and kill Claudius, for which he is executed. Not for nothing has Claudius's friend Herod Agrippa warned him to trust nobody. Written by
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The corn supply is discussed by Claudius. This might be thought an anachronism by viewers in North America, Australia or New Zealand, where "corn" means maize, unknown to the Romans. But in the UK and elsewhere it means any cereal crop major to a region or locality. In Latin the word would have been "granum". See more
Listen Claudius, let me give you a piece of advice.
Oh, I thought you'd finished giving advice.
Well, just one more piece, then I'm done. Trust no one, my friend, no one. Not your most grateful freedman. Not your most intimate friend. Not your dearest child. Not the wife of your bosom. Trust no one.
No one? Not even you?