Claudius was Roman emperor from AD 41 to 54. Son of Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia Minor, he was afflicted with a limp and deafness causing his family to ostracize him until he was declared emperor by the Praetorian Guard after Caligula’s assassination. Many authors contend that he was murdered by his own wife, Agrippina the Younger. After his death at the age of 63, Nero, his grand-nephew and legally adopted step-son, succeeded him as emperor.