1 August 10 BC – 13 October 54 AD) was Roman emperor from 41 to 54.A member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, he was the son of Drusus and Antonia Minor.Antonia referred to him as a monster, and used him as a standard for stupidity.
His 13-year reign (slightly longer than Nero's) would not be surpassed by any successors until that of Domitian.
Despite his lack of experience, Claudius proved to be an able and efficient administrator.
He was also an ambitious builder, constructing many new roads, aqueducts, and canals across the Empire.
He was a descendant of the Octavii Rufi (through Gaius Octavius), Julii Caesares (through Julia Minor and Julia Antonia), and the Claudii Nerones (through Nero Claudius Drusus); he was a great-nephew of Augustus through his full sister Octavia Minor, a nephew of Tiberius through his father Drusus, Tiberius' brother, an uncle of Caligula and finally a great-uncle of Nero through Caligula's father and Nero's grandfather Germanicus, his brother.
Claudius was born on 1 August 10 BC at Lugdunum (modern Lyon, France). His mother, Antonia, may have had two other children who died young.