Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Roman General: Nero Claudius Drusus

Nero Claudius Drusus (38-09 BC) younger brother of the future Emperor Tiberius. Having helped the latter to subdue the Rhaeti and Vindelici (13 BC), he turned to deal with the Germans beyond the Rhine.

In the course of three campaigns (12-09 BC) he advanced as far as the Elbe. On the return journey he was thrown from his horse, and died 30 days later.

Drusus was among the most distinguished men of his age; his military genius, combined with great physical beauty and grace of manner, made him popular alike with the army and the people. Drusus married Antonia, daughter of Mark Antony, who bore him three children of whom Claudius was later Emperor.

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