"Who's this old gentleman?"
A Roman Emperor Claudius
Public DomainA Roman Emperor Claudius - Credit: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

 

Proclaiming Claudius Emperor
Public DomainProclaiming Claudius Emperor - Credit: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

The story of how Claudius, in the aftermath of Caligula's assassination, hid behind a curtain and was discovered there by soldiers who hailed him as the new Emperor, is adapted by Graves from Suetonius's account in The Twelve Caesars.