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.
After his death in 54 AD (at age of 63), his grand-nephew and adopted son Nero succeeded him as Emperor.
His 13-year reign (slightly longer than Nero's) would not be surpassed by any successors until that of Domitian.
In 7 AD, Livy was hired to tutor him in history, with the assistance of Sulpicius Flavus.
He was also an ambitious builder, constructing many new roads, aqueducts, and canals across the Empire.
In either case, it was far too early for such an account, and may have only served to remind Augustus that Claudius was Antony's descendant.
His mother and grandmother quickly put a stop to it, and this may have convinced them that Claudius was not fit for public office.
His maternal grandparents were Mark Antony and Octavia Minor, Augustus' sister, and he was therefore the great-great grandnephew of Gaius Julius Caesar.
His paternal grandparents were Livia, Augustus' third wife, and Tiberius Claudius Nero.