Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina - Section XIII, ch. 31-32 Summary & Analysis

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Section XIII, ch. 31-32 Summary

Claudius is married to Agrippinilla for five years and allows her and his freedmen to rule him. Claudius and Agrippinilla are not lovers. She convinces him to betroth Octavia to Lucius Domitius, her son. Claudius is tired of being emperor and does not oppose Agrippinilla in anything. He adopts Lucius Domitius as Britannicus' joint-heir and provides tutors for both of his sons. According to Barbillus' prophecy at Lucius Domitius' birth, he will kill his mother. Agrippinilla asks for the title of "Augusta" and is shocked when Claudius agrees. Agrippinilla has her rivals banished and has Messalina's mother killed. Claudius is sad at only one of her actions: the murder of Calpurnia. Crop failure plagues Rome the year that Lucius Domitius marries Octavia. The granary supplies are exhausted, and the public regards Claudius as an enemy. Lucius Domitius...

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