Claudius' first son, Gaius, is born. He is given the name Gaius Claudius Sabucius, though he later becomes Gaius Claudius Caesar..
A large Germani raiding party is defeated by Cnaeus Flavius Alexander. The German leader, Alaric, is captured and later brought to Rome. Cnaeus is awarded the name ‘Germanicus’ by Claudius – a rare award for a man outside of the imperial family. This marks Cnaeus as favored by the Caesars and in turn increases the popularity and influence of his family. His legions become some of the most desirable to serve in by noble Roman youths.
Because of his close friendship to Herod, King of the Jews, Claudius reverses his predecessors harsh ban against Jewish religious worship, restoring religious freedom to Jews across the empire. His decision is met with some criticism from more traditional Romans who see the Jewish worship of one god as barbaric.
Lucius Arruntius Camillus, a legate in Dalmatia and supporter of Claudius' enemies, revolts against the new Caesar. Arruntius is thwarted by legatus Marcus Junius Silanus, whose younger brother Decimus is serving as a tribune at the time. Arruntius flees and commits suicide, with Silanus' legions renamed 'Claudia Pia'.
Camilius Julius Fidelis, son of Sextus Fidelis - the previous year's consul - is appointed proprietor of Gallia Belgica where he serves under Cnaeus Flavius Alexander Germanicus. This marks the beginning of Camilius’ rise.
Continuing Caligula’s plans, Claudius pushes through the constructing of a new deep-water harbor in Ostia (Rome’s port city), allowing for a new and unprecedented level of trade ships to dock outside of Ostia with relative safety from the choppy waters of the Mare Nostrum.
CAMILIUS JULIUS LEADS EXPEDITION AGAINST GERMAN TRIBES
Despite having orders to remain defensive, Camilius seeks his own glory beyond the Rhine. He is successful, but causes worry for Claudius.
Fire breaks out in Camillus' father's home, his three sisters ( Julia Valeria, Julia Aemilia, Julia Claudia) disappeared, Camillus' parents found dead, and rumoured to have been murdered by Camillus. His brother, Sextus Julius Fidelis Damicus is missing.