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.
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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
[at the end of a session with irreverent doctor Xenophon
Well, don't you prescribe special prayers to be used when taking medicine?
I suggest, Caesar, that as High Pontiff and the author of a book on religion, you are more qualified to prescribe prayers than I am.
Do you Greeks believe in nothing?
I told you what I believe in. Briony.
[turns to go, stops, turns back