Britannicus

Definition

Britannicus (41-55 CE) was the second child and only son born to the Roman emperor Claudius (r. 41-54 CE) and Valeria Messalina (c. 20-48 CE). Seen as a threat by Claudius' fourth wife, Agrippina the Younger (15-59 CE), and her son, the future Nero (r. 54-68 CE), Britannicus was poisoned the night before his 14th birthday.

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  • 12 Feb 41 CE
    Birth of Britannicus, son of Messalina and Emperor Claudius.
  • 48 CE
    Death of Valeria Messalina, wife of Emperor Claudius.
  • 49 CE
    Roman emperor Claudius marries his niece, Agrippina the Younger.
  • 50 CE
    Adoption of Nero by Roman emperor Claudius.
  • 11 Feb 55 CE
    Britannicus is poisoned.
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