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Drusus Julius Caesar

Birthplace: Italy
Death: Died in Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy
Cause of death: He starved to death in prison in 33, reduced to chewing the stuffing of his bed
Immediate Family:

Son of Claudius Germanicus Caesar and Vipsania Agrippina Major
Husband of Aemilia (d. of Marcus Aemilius) Lepida
Brother of Nero Julius-Caesar Germanicus; Caligula, Roman Emperor; Julia Agrippina Minor; Julia Drusilla; Julia Livilla and 1 other

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About Drusus Julius Caesar


Drusus Caesar

Drusus Julius Caesar, also referred to as Drusus III (7 – 33), was a member of a noble family of Ancient Rome. He was a son of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder. He was brother to Emperor Caligula, nephew to Emperor Claudius.

Drusus married Aemilia Lepida, daughter of Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, his second cousin. Tacitus reports that during their marriage "she had pursued her husband with ceaseless accusations". In 36, she was charged with adultery with a slave and committed suicide, "since there was no question about her guilt" (Tacitus, Annals 6.40).

Drusus' paternal grandparents were Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia Minor. His maternal grandparents were Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and Julia the Elder. He was adopted by his paternal great-uncle Tiberius after Tiberius' own son, Julius Caesar Drusus, had died.

Drusus Caesar was later accused of plotting against Tiberius and was imprisoned in 30, a year after his mother Agrippina the Elder and his brother Nero Caesar were arrested. He starved to death in prison in 33, reduced to chewing the stuffing of his bed (Annals 6.23).

His siblings included two brothers (Gaius Julius Caesar (Caligula) and Nero) and three sisters (Julia Livilla, Julia Drusilla, and Agrippina the Younger).




Buried in Mausoleum of Augustus, Campus Martius, Rome Italy