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J R Soc Med. 2002 July; 95(7): 376.
PMCID: PMC1279953

The death of Claudius

Though arguing for a natural death, Mr Marmion and Professor Wiedermann (May 2002 JRSM1) concede that no-one can really know whether the Roman Emperor Claudius was poisoned. Their interpretation relies heavily on writings from Lucius Annaeus Seneca, who was banished from Rome for eight years by Claudius and was hardly a disinterested observer. He was brought back from exile to be Nero's tutor, and was forced to commit suicide by Nero in 65 AD. I favour the poison theory myself, on the basis of the texts they mention and the fact that all the other Caesars were assassinated.


1. Marmion VJ, Wiedermann TEJ. The death of Claudius. J R Soc Med 2002 ;95: 260.-1 [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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