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Estate(s)

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Dissolution AD 68 (AD 68)

Deposition AD 68 (AD 68) (deposed by Galba)

Roman imperial dynasties

Julio- Claudian
Claudian
dynasty

The statue known as the Augustus
Augustus
of Prima Porta, 1st century

Chronology

Augustus 27 BC – 14 AD

Tiberius 14–37 AD

Caligula 37–41 AD

Claudius 41–54 AD

Nero 54–68 AD

Family

Gens Julia Gens Claudia Julio- Claudian
Claudian
family tree Category:Julio- Claudian
Claudian
dynasty

Succession

Preceded by Roman Republic Followed by Year of the Four Emperors

The Julio- Claudian
Claudian
dynasty was the first Roman imperial dynasty, consisting of the first five emperors—Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero[1]—or the family to which they belonged. They ruled the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
from its formation under Augustus
Augustus
in 27 BC, until AD 68 when the last of the line, Nero, committed suicide.[2] The name "Julio- Claudian
Claudian
dynasty" is a historiographical term derived from the two main branches of the imperial family: the gens Julia (Julii Caesares) and gens Claudia (Claudii Nerones). Primogeniture
Primogeniture
is notably absent in the history of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Neither Augustus, Caligula, nor Nero
Nero
fathered a natural and legitimate son. Tiberius' own son, Drusus predeceased him. Only Claudius
Claudius
was outlived by his son, Britannicus, although he opted to promote his adopted son Nero
Nero
as his successor to the throne. Adoption ultimately became a tool that most Julio- Claudian
Claudian
emperors utilized in order to promote their chosen heir to the front of the succession. Augustus—himself an adopted son of his great-uncle, the Roman dictator Julius
Julius
Caesar—adopted his stepson Tiberius
Tiberius
as his son and heir. Tiberius
Tiberius
was, in turn, required to adopt his nephew Germanicus, the father of Caligula
Caligula
and brother of Claudius. Caligula
Caligula
adopted his cousin Tiberius
Tiberius
Gemellus (grandson of the emperor Tiberius) shortly before executing him. Claudius
Claudius
adopted his great-nephew and stepson Nero, who, lacking a natural or adopted son of his own, ended the reign of the Julio- Claudian
Claudian
dynasty with his fall from power and subsequent suicide. The ancient historians who dealt with the Julio-Claudian period—chiefly Suetonius
Suetonius
(c. 69 – after 122 AD) and Tacitus
Tacitus
(c. 56 – after AD 117)—write in generally negative terms about their reign. In Tacitus's historiography of the Julio- Claudian
Claudian
emperors, he states:

But the successes and reverses of the old Roman people have been recorded by famous historians; and fine intellects were not wanting to describe the times of Augustus, till growing sycophancy scared them away. The histories of Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius, and Nero, while they were in power, were falsified through terror, and after their death were written under the irritation of a recent hatred.[3]

Contents

1 Nomenclature 2 Rise and fall of the Julio-Claudians

2.1 Augustus 2.2 Tiberius 2.3 Caligula 2.4 Claudius 2.5 Nero 2.6 Survival after the fall of Nero

3 Relationships between the rulers 4 Dynastic timeline 5 Family tree 6 Notes 7 Further reading 8 External links

Nomenclature[edit] Julius
Julius
and Claudius
Claudius
were two Roman family names; in classical Latin, they came second. Roman family names were inherited from father to son, but a Roman aristocrat could – either during his life or in his will – adopt an heir if he lacked a natural son. In accordance with Roman naming conventions, the adopted son would replace his original family name with the name of his adopted family. A famous example of this custom is Julius
Julius
Caesar's adoption of his great-nephew, Gaius Octavius.[citation needed] Augustus
Augustus
( Imperator
Imperator
Caesar Divi Filius Augustus), as Caesar's adopted son and heir, discarded the family name of his natural father and initially renamed himself "Gaius Julius
Julius
Caesar" after his adoptive father. It was also customary for the adopted son to acknowledge his original family by adding an extra name at the end of his new name. As such, Augustus' adopted name would have been "Gaius Julius
Julius
Caesar Octavianus". However, there is no evidence that he ever used the name Octavianus.[citation needed] Following Augustus' ascension as the first emperor of the Roman Empire in 27 BC, his family became a de facto royal house, known in historiography as the "Julio- Claudian
Claudian
dynasty". For various reasons, the Julio-Claudians followed in the example of Julius
Julius
Caesar and Augustus
Augustus
by utilizing adoption as a tool for dynastic succession. The next four emperors were closely related through a combination of blood relation, marriage and adoption.[citation needed] Tiberius
Tiberius
( Tiberius
Tiberius
Caesar Divi Augusti Filius Augustus), a Claudian
Claudian
by birth, became Augustus' stepson after the latter's marriage to Livia, who divorced Tiberius' natural father in the process. Tiberius' connection to the Julian side of the Imperial family grew closer when he married Augustus' only daughter, Julia the Elder. He ultimately succeeded Augustus
Augustus
as emperor in AD 14
AD 14
after becoming his stepfather's adopted son and heir.[4][dead link] Caligula
Caligula
(Gaius Julius
Julius
Caesar Augustus
Augustus
Germanicus) was born into the Julian and Claudian
Claudian
branches of the Imperial family, thereby making him the first actual "Julio-Claudian" emperor. His father, Germanicus, was the son of Nero
Nero
Claudius
Claudius
Drusus and Antonia Minor, the son of Livia
Livia
and the daughter of Octavia Minor
Octavia Minor
respectively. Germanicus
Germanicus
was also a great-nephew of Augustus
Augustus
on his mother's side and nephew of Tiberius
Tiberius
on his father's side. His wife, Agrippina the Elder, was a granddaughter of Augustus. Through Agrippina, Germanicus' children – including Caligula
Caligula
– were Augustus' great-grandchildren. When Augustus
Augustus
adopted Tiberius, the latter was required to adopt his brother's eldest son as well, thus allowing Germanicus' side of the Imperial family to inherit the Julius
Julius
nomen.[citation needed] Claudius
Claudius
( Tiberius
Tiberius
Claudius
Claudius
Caesar Augustus
Augustus
Germanicus), the younger brother of Germanicus, was a Claudian
Claudian
on the side of his father, Nero Claudius
Claudius
Drusus, younger brother of Tiberius. However, he was also related to the Julian branch of the Imperial family through his mother, Antonia Minor. As a son of Antonia, Claudius
Claudius
was a great-nephew of Augustus. Moreover, he was also Augustus' step-grandson due to the fact that his father was a stepson of Augustus. Unlike Tiberius
Tiberius
and Germanicus, both of whom were born as Claudians and became adopted Julians, Claudius
Claudius
was not adopted into the Julian family. Upon becoming emperor, however, he added the Julian-affiliated cognomen Caesar to his full name.[citation needed] Nero
Nero
( Nero
Nero
Claudius
Claudius
Caesar Augustus
Augustus
Germanicus) was a great-great-grandson of Augustus
Augustus
and Livia
Livia
through his mother, Agrippina the Younger. The younger Agrippina was a daughter of Germanicus
Germanicus
and Agrippina the Elder, as well as Caligula's sister. Through his mother, Nero
Nero
was related by blood to the Julian and Claudian
Claudian
branches of the Imperial family. However, he was born into the Domitii Ahenobarbi on his father's side. Nero
Nero
became a Claudian
Claudian
in name as a result of Agrippina's marriage to her uncle, Claudius, who ultimately adopted her son as his own. He succeeded Claudius
Claudius
in AD 54, becoming the last direct descendant of Augustus
Augustus
to rule the Roman Empire. Within a year of Nero's suicide in AD 68, the Julio-Claudian dynasty was succeeded by the Flavian emperors following a brief civil war over the vacant Imperial throne.[citation needed] Rise and fall of the Julio-Claudians[edit]

This marble statue of a youth on horseback is believed to represent a member of the Julio- Claudian
Claudian
dynasty.

Augustus[edit] Lacking any male child and heir Augustus
Augustus
married his only daughter Julia to his nephew Marcus Claudius
Claudius
Marcellus. However, Marcellus died of food poisoning in 23 BC. Augustus
Augustus
then married his widowed daughter to his loyal friend, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, previously married to Augustus' niece, the sister of Marcellus. This marriage produced five children, three sons and two daughters: Gaius Caesar, Lucius Caesar, Julia the Younger, Agrippina the Elder, and Agrippa Postumus.[citation needed] Gaius and Lucius, the first two children of Julia and Agrippa, were adopted by Augustus
Augustus
and became heirs to the throne; however, Augustus also showed great favor toward his wife Livia's two children from her first marriage: Drusus and Tiberius. They were successful military leaders who had fought against the barbarian Germanic tribes.[citation needed] Agrippa died in 12 BC, and Tiberius
Tiberius
was ordered by Augustus
Augustus
to divorce his wife Vipsania Agrippina, daughter of Agrippa by his first marriage, and marry his stepsister, the twice-widowed Julia. Drusus, the brother of Tiberius, died in 9 BC after falling from a horse. Tiberius
Tiberius
shared in Augustus' tribune powers, but shortly thereafter, in 6 BC, he went into voluntary exile in Rhodes. After the early deaths of both Lucius (AD 2) and Gaius (AD 4) and the exile of both Julia the Elder
Julia the Elder
and Younger for adultery, a turn of events which saw the elder Julia's half brother Publius Cornelius Scipio exiled for treason, Mark Antony's son Iullus Antonius committing suicide and Julia the Younger's husband Lucius Aemilius Paullus being executed for conspiracy, Augustus
Augustus
was forced to recognize Tiberius
Tiberius
as the next Roman emperor. Augustus
Augustus
banished his grandson Postumus Agrippa, who was adopted after the death of his brothers, to the small island of Planasia (around AD 6 or 7) where he was later executed, and Tiberius was recalled to Rome
Rome
and officially adopted by Augustus. By Augustus' request, Tiberius
Tiberius
adopted his nephew Germanicus, son of his late brother Drusus and biological great-nephew of Augustus
Augustus
through his mother. Germanicus
Germanicus
subsequently married Augustus' granddaughter Agrippina.[citation needed] Tiberius[edit] On 19 August AD 14, Augustus
Augustus
died. Tiberius
Tiberius
had already been established as Princeps in all but name, and his position as heir was confirmed in Augustus' will.[citation needed] Despite his difficult relationship with the Senate, Tiberius' first years were generally good. He stayed true to Augustus’s plans for the succession and favored his adopted son and nephew Germanicus
Germanicus
over his natural son, Drusus, as did the Roman populace. On Tiberius' request, Germanicus
Germanicus
was granted proconsular power and assumed command in the prime military zone of Germania, where he suppressed the mutiny there and led the formerly restless legions on campaigns against Germanic tribes from AD 14
AD 14
to 16. Germanicus
Germanicus
died in Syria in AD 19 and, on his deathbed, accused the governor of Syria, Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso, of murdering him at Tiberius’s orders. With Germanicus
Germanicus
dead, Tiberius
Tiberius
began elevating his own son Drusus to replace him as the Imperial successor. By this time Tiberius
Tiberius
had left more of the day-to-day running of the Empire to Lucius Aelius Sejanus.[citation needed] Sejanus
Sejanus
created an atmosphere of fear in Rome, controlling a network of informers and spies whose incentive to accuse others of treason was a share in the accused's property after their conviction and death. Treason trials became commonplace; few members of the Roman aristocracy were safe. The trials played up to Tiberius' growing paranoia, which made him more reliant on Sejanus, as well as allowing Sejanus
Sejanus
to eliminate potential rivals. Victims of this reign of terror related to the imperial family included Gaius Asinius Gallus Saloninus, second husband of Tiberius' first wife Vipsania, who had since died, and Decimus Haterius Agrippa, grandson of Agrippa and husband of Augustus' great-niece, Quinctilius Varus.[citation needed] Tiberius, perhaps sensitive to this ambition, rejected Sejanus's initial proposal to marry Germanicus' sister Livilla, the widow of Tiberius' son Drusus, who had since died, in AD 25, but later had withdrawn his objections so that, in AD 30, Sejanus
Sejanus
was betrothed to Livilla's daughter Julia (who was also Tiberius' granddaughter). Sejanus' family connection to the Imperial house
Imperial house
was now imminent, and in AD 31 Sejanus
Sejanus
held the Consulship with the emperor as his colleague, an honor Tiberius
Tiberius
reserved only for heirs to the throne. When he was summoned to a meeting of the Senate later that year on 18 October AD 31, he probably expected to receive a share of the tribunician power. Instead, however, Tiberius' letter to the Senate, completely unexpectedly, requested the destruction of Sejanus
Sejanus
and his faction. A purge followed, in which Sejanus
Sejanus
and his most prominent supporters were killed.[citation needed] With Drusus dead and having had Germanicus' elder two sons Nero
Nero
and Drusus convicted of treason and killed, along with their mother Agrippina, Tiberius
Tiberius
appointed Caligula, Germanicus' youngest son, and Tiberius
Tiberius
Gemellus, the son of Drusus the Younger and grandson of Tiberius, co-heirs. Drusus III's wife Aemilia Lepida
Aemilia Lepida
was later forced to commit suicide after being accused of adultery. Rome's second Emperor died at the port town of Misenum on 16 March AD 37, at the age of 78 years, having reigned for 23 years. Suetonius writes that the Prefect
Prefect
of the Praetorian Guard
Praetorian Guard
Naevius Sutorius Macro smothered Tiberius
Tiberius
with a pillow to hasten Caligula's accession. According to Suetonius, he was known for his cruelty and debauchery through his perversion on the island of Capri where he forced young boys and girls into orgies. On one account when one of the boys complained, Tiberius
Tiberius
had his legs broken. Suetonius' claims, however, have to be taken with a degree of skepticism, due to bitterness from the reign of previous emperors that usually accompanies the coming of a new leader.[clarification needed][citation needed] Caligula[edit] Although Augustus' succession plans were all but ruined due to the deaths of more than several family members, including many of his own descendants, in the end Tiberius
Tiberius
remained faithful to his predecessor's wishes that the next emperor would hail from the Julian side of the Imperial family. Thus, Tiberius
Tiberius
was succeeded by Gaius Julius
Julius
Caesar Augustus
Augustus
Germanicus, the sole-remaining son of his adopted son Germanicus. The new emperor not only belonged to both the Julian and Claudian
Claudian
sides of the Imperial family, but was also a direct descendant of Augustus
Augustus
Caesar through his mother Agrippina the Elder. More commonly remembered in history by his childhood nickname Caligula, he was the third Roman Emperor ruling from AD 37 to 41.[citation needed] When Tiberius
Tiberius
died on 16 March AD 37, Caligula
Caligula
was well positioned to assume power, despite the obstacle of Tiberius’s will, which named him and his cousin Tiberius
Tiberius
Gemellus as joint heirs. Caligula
Caligula
ordered Gemellus killed within his first year in power. Backed by Naevius Sutorius Macro, Caligula
Caligula
asserted himself as sole princeps, though he later had Macro disposed of as well.[citation needed]. Following Gemellus' death, Caligula
Caligula
marked his brother-in-law, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, husband of his sister Julia Drusilla, as his heir. However, after Drusilla's death, Lepidus was accused of having affairs with Caligula's other sisters Agrippina the Younger
Agrippina the Younger
and Julia Livilla
Livilla
and he was executed. He had previously had Drusilla's first husband Lucius Cassius Longinus killed and upon the death of Agrippina's husband Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, he seized his inheritance. Several unsuccessful attempts were made on Caligula's life. The successful conspiracy that ended Caligula's life was hatched by the disgruntled Praetorian Guard
Praetorian Guard
with backing by the Senate. The historian Josephus
Josephus
claims that the conspirators wished to restore the Republic while the historian Suetonius
Suetonius
claims their motivations were mostly personal. On 24 January AD 41, the Praetorian tribune Cassius Chaerea and his men stopped Caligula
Caligula
alone in an underground passage leading to a theater. They stabbed him to death. Together with another tribune, Cornelius Sabinus, he killed Caligula's wife Caesonia and their infant daughter Julia Drusilla
Julia Drusilla
on the same day.[citation needed] Claudius[edit] After Caligula’s death, the Senate attempted and failed to restore the Republic. Claudius, Caligula's uncle, became emperor by the instigation of the Praetorian Guards.[citation needed] Despite his lack of political experience, and the disapproval of the people of Rome, Claudius
Claudius
proved to be an able administrator and a great builder of public works. His reign saw an expansion of the empire, including the invasion of Britain in AD 43. He took a personal interest in the law, presided at public trials, and issued up to twenty edicts a day; however, he was seen as vulnerable throughout his rule, particularly by the nobility. Claudius
Claudius
was constantly forced to shore up his position—resulting in the deaths of many senators. Claudius
Claudius
also suffered tragic setbacks in his personal life. He married four times (to, in order, Plautia Urgulanilla, Aelia Paetina, Valeria Messalina, and finally Agrippina the Younger) and is referenced by Suetonius
Suetonius
as being easily manipulated. This is particularly evident during his marriage to Agrippina the Younger, his niece. Messalina saw several members of the dynasty eliminated, notably arranging for the executions of Claudius' nieces Julia Livilla, daughter of Germanicus
Germanicus
and Agrippina the Elder, and Julia Livia, daughter of Livilla
Livilla
and Drusus the Younger, as well as Julia Livilla's husband Marcus Vinicius, her mother's husband Appius Junius Silanus, Gaius Asinius Pollio, son of Tiberius' first wife Vipsania by her second husband, Claudius' son-in-law Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, and his parents Marcus Licinius Crassus Frugi and Scribonia. Messalina herself was finally executed after being charged with adultery.[citation needed] Claudius' reign also included several attempts on his life. In order to gain political support, he married Agrippina and adopted his great-nephew Nero.[citation needed] With his adoption on 25 February AD 50, Nero
Nero
became heir to the throne, over Claudius' own son Britannicus. Claudius
Claudius
died on 13 October AD 54, and Nero
Nero
became emperor. A number of ancient historians accuse Agrippina of poisoning Claudius, but details on these private events vary widely.[citation needed] Nero[edit] Nero
Nero
became emperor in AD 54 at sixteen, the youngest emperor yet. Like his uncle Caligula
Caligula
before him, Nero
Nero
was also a direct descendant of Augustus
Augustus
Caesar, a fact which made his ascension to the throne much easier and smoother than it had been for Tiberius
Tiberius
or Claudius. Ancient historians describe Nero's early reign as being strongly influenced by his mother Agrippina, his tutor Seneca, and the Praetorian Prefect Burrus, especially in the first year. He was made Emperor over his step-brother, Claudius' son Britannicus, who he had killed. Agrippina was believed to have poisoned Claudius, having allegedly poisoned her second husband Gaius Sallustius Crispus Passienus. She had also arranged the deaths of Caligula's third wife, Lollia Paulina
Lollia Paulina
and Messalina's mother Domitia Lepida the Younger. She saw that the dynasty's numbers dwindle with the execution of Marcus Junius Silanus Torquatus, a grandson of Julia the Younger, to strengthen Nero's claim, having previously arranged the death of his brother Lucius Junius Silanus Torquatus. In AD 55, Nero
Nero
began taking on a more active role as an administrator. He was consul four times between AD 55 and 60. Nero
Nero
consolidated power over time through the execution and banishment of his rivals and slowly usurped authority from the Senate. He reportedly arranged the death of his own mother Agrippina and after divorcing his wife Claudia Octavia, daughter of Claudius' and Messalina, he had her killed. Other relatives whom Nero
Nero
was believed to have had killed were Claudius' daughter by Aelia Paetina, Claudia Antonia, her husband and half-brother of Messalina, Faustus Cornelius Sulla Felix, Decimus Junius Silanus Torquatus, brother of Marcus and Lucius Junius Silanus Torquantus, as well as Marcus' son, also named Lucius, his aunt Domitia Lepida the Elder, and Rubellius Plautus, son of Julia Livia
Livia
along with his wife, children and father-in-law. In AD 64 Rome
Rome
burned. Nero
Nero
enacted a public relief effort as well as large reconstruction projects. To fund this, the provinces were heavily taxed following the fire. By AD 65, senators complained that they had no power left and this led to the Pisonian conspiracy, led by Gaius Calpurnius Piso, an adoptive descendant of Triumvir Marcus Licinius Crassus, grandson of Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso, a governor of Syria who committed suicide after being accused of killing Germanicus, and first husband of Livia
Livia
Orestilla, Caligula's second wife. The conspiracy failed and its members were executed. Vacancies after the conspiracy allowed Nymphidius Sabinus, a grandson of former imperial freedman Gaius Julius
Julius
Callistus, who claimed to be an illegitimate son of Caligula, to rise in the Praetorian Guard. In late AD 67 or early 68, Vindex, the governor of Gallia Lugdunensis in Gaul, rebelled against Nero's tax policies. Lucius Virginius Rufus, the governor of superior Germany, was sent to put down the rebellion. To gain support, Vindex called on Galba, the governor of Hispania Citerior (in the Iberian Peninsula), to become emperor. Virginius Rufus defeated Vindex's forces and Vindex committed suicide. Galba
Galba
was declared a public enemy and his legion was confined in the city of Clunia.[citation needed] Nero
Nero
had regained the control of the empire militarily, but this opportunity was used by his enemies in Rome. Nymphidius Sabinus, who desired to become emperor himself, bribed the Praetorian Guard
Praetorian Guard
to betray Nero. Sabinus was later murdered in favor of Galba.[citation needed] Nero
Nero
reportedly committed suicide with the help of his scribe Epaphroditos. The Senate had been trying to preserve the dynastic bloodline by saving Nero's life, and were additionally reluctant to let someone who was not of the family become emperor; however, once he had committed suicide, and with Galba
Galba
marching on the city, it had no choice but to declare him a public enemy posthumously. With his death, the Julio- Claudian
Claudian
dynasty came to an end. Chaos ensued in the Year of the Four Emperors.[citation needed] Survival after the fall of Nero[edit] Augustus' bloodline outlived his dynasty through the descendants of his first granddaughter, Julia the Younger, who married Lucius Aemilius Paullus and gave birth to Aemilia Lepida.[5] After marrying Marcus Junius Silanus Torquatus, Aemilia gave birth to several children, including Junia Calvina and Junia Lepida. Although Calvina died childless, she was married to Lucius Vitellius, whose elder brother was the short-lived emperor Vitellius. Her younger sister, Junia Lepida, married Gaius Cassius Longinus[6] and produced a daughter called Cassia Longina. The Roman general
Roman general
Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo married Cassia, who provided him with two daughters, Domitia and Domitia Longina.[7] In AD 81 Domitia Longina
Domitia Longina
became Roman empress as a result of her husband Domitian's accession as the third and last emperor of the Flavian dynasty. The lineage of Augustus
Augustus
endured into the era of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty, the house that succeeded the Flavians. In addition to Cassia Longina, Junia Lepida gave birth to a son called Cassius Lepidus. Around AD 80 Lepidus had a daughter named Cassia Lepida, who married Gaius Julius
Julius
Alexander Berenicianus. Julia Cassia Alexandria, Lepida's daughter by Berenicianus, married Gaius Avidius Heliodorus and ultimately gave birth to Gaius Avidius Cassius.[8][9] Avidius Cassius had three children with his wife (named either Volusia Vettia or Volusia Maeciana);[9] they were Avidius Heliodorus, Avidius Maecianus and Avidia Alexandra.[10] In AD 175 Cassius was proclaimed emperor after he received erroneous news of the death of Marcus Aurelius,[11][12] whose survival made Cassius a usurper of the empire.[13][12] Cassius' rebellion ended three months into his bid for the throne when one of his centurions assassinated him in favor of Marcus Aurelius.[14] On Livia
Livia
Drusilla's side of the dynasty, Rubellia Bassa was one of the few remaining Claudians who survived the downfall of the first imperial family. A great-granddaughter of Tiberius, Rubellia was the daughter of Julia Livia, whose father and mother were Drusus Julius Caesar (son of Tiberius) and Livilla
Livilla
(daughter of Nero
Nero
Claudius Drusus), respectively. Rubellia was also related to Augustus
Augustus
by blood through her maternal great-great-grandmother Octavia Minor
Octavia Minor
(sister of Augustus). She married Octavius Laenas, maternal uncle of the emperor Nerva. Her last known descendant was Sergius Octavius Laenas Pontianus, consul in AD 131, who lived during the reign of Hadrian. Afterward, towards Late Antiquity
Late Antiquity
and the Early Middle Ages, the line falls into the realm of parahistory, where various Medieval
Medieval
royal families have claimed some sort of descent, such as the Colonna family. Relationships between the rulers[edit]

Coin of Kushan
Kushan
ruler Kujula Kadphises
Kujula Kadphises
(Circa AD 30/50-80). Obv Laureate "Julio-Claudian" style head right. Rev Kujula Kadphises seated right, raising hand; tripartite symbol to left.

The great-uncle/great-nephew blood relationship and/or adopted son relationship was commonly found among the rulers of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

Augustus
Augustus
was the great-nephew and posthumously adopted son of Julius Caesar; his mother Atia was the daughter of Caesar's sister Julia. Caligula
Caligula
was the great-nephew and adoptive grandson (via the adoption of his father Germanicus) of Tiberius; his father was the son of Tiberius' brother Drusus. Claudius
Claudius
was the great-nephew of Augustus, as well as the nephew of Tiberius
Tiberius
(and the only Julio- Claudian
Claudian
who was not adopted); his mother Antonia was the daughter of Augustus' sister Octavia, and his father Drusus was the brother of Tiberius. Nero
Nero
was the great-nephew and adopted son of Claudius; his mother Agrippina, in addition to being the wife of Claudius, was the daughter of Claudius' brother Germanicus.

The other recurring relationship between emperor and successor is that of stepfather/stepson, a relationship not by blood but by marriage:

Tiberius
Tiberius
was Augustus' stepson due to the latter's marriage to Livia Drusilla. He and his brother Drusus were Livia's sons through her previous marriage to Tiberius
Tiberius
Claudius
Claudius
Nero. Nero, biological son of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, became the stepson of his great-uncle Claudius
Claudius
when the emperor married his niece Agrippina the Younger.

The uncle/nephew relationship is also prominent:

Tiberius
Tiberius
was Claudius's paternal uncle, being the older brother of Drusus, Claudius' father. Claudius
Claudius
was Caligula's paternal uncle, being the younger brother of Germanicus, Caligula's father. Caligula
Caligula
was Nero's maternal uncle, being the older brother of Agrippina the Younger, Nero's mother.

There were several instances of Emperors being father-in-law and son-in-law to each other:

Tiberius, in addition to being Augustus' stepson and adopted son, was married to Julia the Elder, daughter of Augustus. Nero, in addition to being Claudius' great-nephew, stepson and adopted son, was married to Claudia Octavia, daughter of Claudius.

The following bullet points illustrate the lineage of Julio-Claudian emperors (adoptions included; emperors in bold):

Augustus, son of Julius
Julius
Caesar (by adoption)

Tiberius, son of Augustus
Augustus
(by adoption)

Germanicus, son of Tiberius
Tiberius
(by adoption)

Caligula, son of Germanicus
Germanicus
(natural)

Drusus, stepson of Augustus
Augustus
(by marriage)

Claudius, son of Drusus (natural)

Nero, son of Claudius
Claudius
(by adoption)

No Julio- Claudian
Claudian
emperor was a blood descendant of his immediate predecessor. Although Tiberius
Tiberius
and Claudius
Claudius
had potential heirs ( Tiberius
Tiberius
Gemellus, grandson of Tiberius
Tiberius
through his son Drusus, and Britannicus, son of Claudius, respectively) available for the succession, both were, in turn, ultimately succeeded by their great-nephews Caligula
Caligula
and Nero, respectively.[citation needed] The fact that ordinary father-son (or grandfather-grandson) succession did not occur has contributed to the image of the Julio- Claudian
Claudian
court presented in Robert Graves's I, Claudius
Claudius
as a dangerous world where scheming family members were all too ready to murder the direct heirs so as to bring themselves, their own immediate families, or their lovers closer to the succession.[citation needed] Dynastic timeline[edit]

Augustus
Augustus
(27 BC–AD 14) Tiberius
Tiberius
(14–37) Caligula
Caligula
(37–41) Claudius
Claudius
(41–54) Nero
Nero
(54–68)

Family tree[edit]

See also Julio- Claudian
Claudian
family tree.

Notes[edit]

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^ Brill's New Pauly, "Julio- Claudian
Claudian
emperors" ^ There is some variation in usage; in strictly chronological contexts, it can be useful to distinguish between the long reign of Augustus
Augustus
and his Julio- Claudian
Claudian
(or Claudian) successors, the four of whom together reigned about as long as Augustus
Augustus
himself. ^ Tacitus, Annals I.1 ^ "Augustus". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 February 2017. [dead link] ^ Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars, "II. Augustus", LXXII ^ Barrett, Anthony, 'Caligula: The Corruption of Power' (Touchstone, 1989), p.viii-ix. ^ Levick (2002), p. 200 ^ Smith 1870, p. 626. ^ a b Astarita 1983, p. 27. ^ Birley 2001, p. 191. ^ Birley 2001, p. 184. ^ a b Canduci 2010, p. 44. ^ Birley 2001, p. 185. ^ Smith 1870, p. 441.

Further reading[edit]

Matyszak, Philip. The Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty, London: Thames & Hudson, 2006 (hardcover, ISBN 0-500-25128-2) Anthony Kamm, The Romans an Introduction Suetonius, The Lives of the twelve Caesars http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/suetonius-index.html Anthony A. Barrett, Agrippina : sex, power, and politics in the early Empire Lecture and notes from CLCV 1003A (Classical Roman Civilization); Carleton University Wood, Susan, The Incredible, Vanishing Wives of Nero http://www.portraitsofcaligula.com/3/miscellaneous1.htm[permanent dead link] Holztrattner, Franz, Poppaea Neronis Potens: Studien zu Poppaea Sabina, Berger & Söhne: Graz-Horn, 1995 N.A. Octavia, tragedy preserved with the writings of Seneca Tacitus, Annals Robert Graves, I, Claudius Robert Graves, Claudius
Claudius
the God

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