Where the Roman Authorities Justified in Claiming that the Campaign of 43ad was a Brilliant success
The roman emperor Claudius was the successor to the tyrannical ruler Caligula. The imperial guard murdered Caligula because they had had enough of his wicked ways. When Claudius heard this, he cowered behind a curtain in the upper room of the palace because he feared for his life. A guard found him behind the curtain and he was taken away and crowned the emperor of Rome. Because Claudius was crowned in such a comic manner, many citizens did not respect him also Claudius suffered from many physical ailments such as stammer and an uncontrollable action, which forced him to run at the nose when he got angry. Claudius needed the favour of his people if he wanted a good reign. In ancient Rome, the best way to win favour was to have a successful foreign policy.
Claudius knew this so he decided to invade Britain, it seemed like it was going to be an easy quick victory.
Claudius went to visit Britain in person in 43AD he was absent form Rome for a total of 6 months. He only spent a total of 16 days in Britain. In Rome Claudius' long absence and his visit to Britain gave the impression of a superb and well deserved triumph. Claudius hurried back to Rome after his visit. Claudius sent news ahead of his victories through his sons-in-laws Magnus and silanius. To credit his supposed victory Claudius got the submission of the British kings. The submission he received was from the British chieftains but he changed it to kings because a king sounds like more of a worthy opponent. Claudius was hailed as a victorious general or imperator by his troops in Britain.
When the senate...