Emperor Claudius (Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) of ancient Rome. As a child he was kept hidden away and incorrectly deemed mentally deficient because of his severe stutter and physical disabilities (likely cerebral palsy), and as an adult he was frequently the subject of teasing and practical jokes. Claudius was actually very bright, spending his years of isolation reading and studying history.
Claudius became Emperor when Caligula was assassinated; the popular story is that Claudius was found cowering behind a curtain during the chaos following the murder and was made Emperor despite his own reluctance.
As Emperor, Claudius worked very hard. He improved Rome’s judicial system, increased women’s rights, passed laws protecting sick slaves, and treated people with unusual respect. His first three wives cheated on him and his fourth murdered him so that her son could rise to power.
As we get ready for the penultimate release of 8 Faces #7 tomorrow, here’s one of our fantastic interviewees, Michael Bierut, deliberating over which 8 typefaces he’d choose. Recorded at Pentagram’s offices in New York.
Having just gotten home from this exact road trip, that little harbor village was easy to identify. That’s Camden, Maine, where I had some of the sweetest tasting lobster I’ve ever had at Cappy’s Chowder House.