Today In 213: Claudius II Gothicus Born

The emperor who defeated the Goths, hence his nickname, he was 'barbarian' born and rose through the ranks of the army. He may have been responsible for the martyrdom of St Valentine, and was so well respected that the Constantinian dynasty later claimed to be descended from his family (Historia Augusta, Claudius, 13:2).

From an art historial point of view he is fascinating as two gilded bronze portraits of him survive from the Capitolium in Brescia:

Brescia Museum has a nice web site about the capitolium here.http://www.bresciamusei.com/capitolium.asp

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