In 7 AD, Livy was hired to tutor him in history, with the assistance of Sulpicius Flavus.
He spent a lot of his time with the latter and the philosopher Athenodorus.
During his reign, Claudius revived the rumor that his father Drusus was actually the illegitimate son of Augustus, to give the appearance that Augustus was Claudius' paternal grandfather.
In 9 BC, his father Drusus unexpectedly died on campaign in Germania, possibly from illness.
Antonia referred to him as a monster, and used him as a standard for stupidity.
Having a personal interest in law, he presided at public trials, and issued up to twenty edicts a day.In either case, it was far too early for such an account, and may have only served to remind Augustus that Claudius was Antony's descendant.His mother and grandmother quickly put a stop to it, and this may have convinced them that Claudius was not fit for public office.Augustus, according to a letter, was surprised at the clarity of Claudius' oratory. His work as a budding historian damaged his prospects for advancement in public life.According to Vincent Scramuzza and others, Claudius began work on a history of the Civil Wars that was either too truthful or too critical of Octavian—then reigning as Augustus Caesar.