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Farewell Britannicus – we hardly knew ye. February 11th, 55BCE

February 11, 2017


Today, back in the first century, poor young Britannicus bit the dust.  Son of the emperor Claudius, his fate was sealed as soon as his father’s was.


Here is is as played by Graham Seed in the final episode of I Claudius in 1976.  A proud teenager, rejecting Claudius’ plan to hide in Britain while planning the restoration of the Republic.  Seed played Britannicus as an over-earnest youth with an over-developed sense of honour and an underdeveloped sense of pervasive evil.  He didn’t show up until episode thirteen, and he had clearly neglected to watch the previous twelve episodes.

Now it’s impossible to prove that Claudius was actually murdered.  There’s no way of analyzing those mushrooms nearly 2000 years on.  The tradition that the Emperor’s fourth wife and niece Agrippina (well, if you really want to copper-fasten the Julian and Claudian halves of a dynasty you end up violating a few…

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