Aug 132011

October 54 the Emperor Claudius died of poisoning, ascribed by contemporaries to the ingestion of a mushroom. The Roman court being, well, the Roman court Claudius’s death was naturally taken as an act of murder. In this well-argued giallo-article the author first attempts to identify the mushroom that brought Claudius to the gods through an examination of Roman diet and Claudius’ symptoms. She then suggests that it was carelessness rather than high politics that led to Claudius’ death. Grimm-Samuel, Veronika ‘On the Mushroom That Deified the Emperor Claudius’, Classical Quarterly, 41 (1991), 178-182.

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