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
[Cassius Chaerea and three senators are on trial for murdering Caligula
I cannot find it in me to condemn you, Cassius, for murdering my nephew. But you also murdered the lady Caesonia and their child, and you meant to murder me and my wife, none of whom had ever done you any harm. Is this true?
I did it for the Republic, and I'd do it again.
No, you did it more for injuries to yourself. But even *that* doesn't weigh with me. What weighs with me is what I've heard: that it was agreed among you ...