On the Mushroom that Deified the Emperor Claudius

@article{GrimmSamuel1991OnTM,
  title={On the Mushroom that Deified the Emperor Claudius},
  author={Veronika Grimm-Samuel},
  journal={The Classical Quarterly},
  year={1991},
  volume={41},
  pages={178 - 182}
}
From Pliny the Elder, who was his contemporary, to the present, the unhappy ending of the fourth Julio-Claudian emperor's life is often and uncritically retold. Thus Agrippina's poisoned mushrooms have become proverbial through the writings of Pliny, Juvenal and others. Historical evidence surrounding the circumstances of his death is, however, vague, contradictory, and open to alternative explanations. In the present note I shall argue for the simplest of these: that the emperor Claudius died… 

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