When Caligula was assassinated in 41, Claudius hid in a room of the palace called the Hermaeum, and then behind a curtain on a balcony. According to Suetonius, he was discovered by a soldier named Gratus – Gratitude – who said to his colleagues: “This is a Germanicus; come on, let us choose him for our emperor.” But many in the Senate wanted to see him dead and a return to the republic.