I, Claudius - Study Guide Chapter 34 Summary & Analysis

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The principle events of this chapter are undated but may be inferred to occur between 38 AD and 41 AD. The murder of Caligula is recounted in greater detail; Cassius and the other guards involved in the assassination plot hack the erstwhile emperor apart in a passageway. The German bodyguards react in an enraged frenzy and set out to slaughter thousands of Romans as they sit in a massive amphitheater—an enterprising actor, however, leaps to the main stage of the festivities and calms the Germans by making the absurd, but believed, claim that Caligula's wounds were ephemeral; the emperor, he states, has recovered and yet lives. Meanwhile, widespread rioting has broken out and confusion is rampant.

The German bodyguards stand ready to enact a great slaughter, hesitating only momentarily to see if their beloved Caligula will in fact appear unharmed. The Roman guards, realizing that calamity has...

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