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He was seen as vulnerable throughout his reign, particularly by elements of the nobility.

Claudius was constantly forced to shore up his position; this resulted in the deaths of many senators.

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Having a personal interest in law, he presided at public trials, and issued up to twenty edicts a day.But the damage was done, and his family pushed him into the background.When the Arch of Pavia was erected to honor the Imperial clan in 8 BC, Claudius' name (now Tiberius Claudius Nero Germanicus after his elevation to paterfamilias of Claudii Nerones on the adoption of his brother) was inscribed on the edge—past the deceased princes, Gaius and Lucius, and Germanicus' children.These events damaged his reputation among the ancient writers, though more recent historians have revised this opinion.Many authors contend that he was murdered by his own wife.

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