Mushrooms are the Food of the Gods
On October 13th in the year 54, the emperor Claudius died, having reigned for almost fourteen years.
He was succeeded by Nero (r. 54-68), who is said to have acclaimed mushrooms as the food of the gods, as Claudius died after eating such a dish and was later deified.
Nero's remark would not have gone down well with his mother Agrippina the Younger (15-59), who was also the wife of Claudius, as she was widely suspected of having added poison to the mushrooms.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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