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Section I, ch. 1-3

• Claudius introduces the book as the second part of his autobiography.

• Claudius mentions that he writes this book to justify his actions as emperor.

• Claudius begins with a story of Herod the Agrippa, a childhood friend.

• Herod is orphaned and sent to Rome by his grandfather, who killed Herod's father.

• Herod and Castor become best friends and go around town with bad reputations.

• Castor dies and Tiberius, the emperor, says he never wants to see any of Castor's friends.

• Tiberius runs to Edom, his homeland.

• Herod's Uncle Antipas gives Herod a magistrate title until Herod insults him. Herod flees to Antioch.

• At Antioch, Governor Flaccus is kind to Herod because Flaccus loves Antonia. Antonia is Claudius' mother and likes Herod.

• Herod is accused of bribery and Flaccus banishes him.

• Herod tries to go to Rome but must flee due to a warrant for his...

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