by Simon Black
Rome was still in its Golden Age when Claudius Germanicus became Emperor in 41 AD.
Despite a disastrous 4-year reign by his predecessor (Caligula), Rome was in good shape; the Army was disciplined, the Treasury had money, the government was functional, and the Empire was largely at peace.
No other tribe or kingdom in Europe could come close to rivaling Rome’s power. And Claudius knew it. So he took the opportunity to expand the Empire.
But expansion would require more soldiers… so Claudius hatched a plan to recruit more troops: offer citizenship to foreign soldiers who served in the Roman military.