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Old January 18th, 2012, 07:17 AM   #1
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Which Roman Emperors were directly descended from Augustus?


Untangling the complex family tree of the Julio-Claudians, as far as I can tell only two Roman Emperors were directly descended from Augustus.

Caligula. His mother Agrippina was the daughter of Julia, Augustus's own daughter.

Nero. His mother Agrippina the Younger (Agrippinilla in Robert Graves) was the daughter of the aforementioned Agrippina.

How ironic that the two most notorious emperors were the only ones descended from Augustus. Of the remaining Julio-Claudians, Tiberius was no blood relation of Augustus at all, and Claudius was the grandson, through his mother, of Augustus's sister.

Do any of the later emperors have any proven connection with the Julio-Claudians?
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After Nero, no. Vespasian was provincial nobility.
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Among the Julio-Claudians, Claudius I descended from the Octavia gens too, even if not directly from Augustus, but from the latter's sister (Claudius' maternal grandmother)
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