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Jason Claudius, Duke of Adrianople

Catapan The Illustrious

The Duke of Adrianople

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Consul of Latium
In office
29 January 1947 – 31 March 1955
MonarchDiana Augusta
Preceded byJohn Arrius
Succeeded byThe Marchis of Espo
Master of Offices
Count of the Chancery
In office
19 April 1945 – 31 October 1976
MonarchDiana Augusta
Preceded byFlavian Appulei
Succeeded byThe Duke of Rhenus (as Master of Offices)
The Prince Consort (as Count of the Chancery)
Lord Palatine of the Occidens
Propraetor of Adrianople, Oea & Haenna
In office
1 June 1930 – 31 October 1976
MonarchDiana Augusta
Preceded byThe Duke of Adrianople
Succeeded byvacant
Senator of Latium
In office
3 May 1920 – 31 October 1976
4th Latin Ambassador to Vannois
In office
22 February 1924 – 1 June 1929
MonarchJohn XIII
Constantine XIX
Preceded byThe Count of Cincium
Succeeded byKonstantinos Angelos
Personal details
Gaius Claudius Nero Iason Felix Alexander

18 May 1900
Adrianople, Latium
Died31 October 1976(1976-10-31) (aged 76)
Palatine, Castellum, Latium
Political partyIndependent
Agnes Selicia (m. 1921)
RelationsClaudii dynasty
Children4 (inc. Leo, Prince Consort)
Alma materOlympia
Military service
Allegiance Latium
Service/branch Latin Army
Years of service1916–1950
Battles/wars1920 War
Social War
Second Liothidian-Vannoisian War

Catepan Jason Claudius, Duke of Adrianople, EE EAA MCG ECC MCC ESM (Gaius Claudius Nero Iason Felix Alexander; 18 May 1900 – 31 October 1976), was a Latin noble, general, statesman, and one of the leading political and military figures in Latium during the mid-20th century.

Born in 1900, Claudius was the eldest son of Theodosius Claudius, Duke of Adrianople and Isabella Claudia. Claudius was a male-line member of Claudii dynasty. Under an alternative succession to the Latin throne, Claudius would have been Emperor Jason X. His first government appointment was as Latin Ambassador to Vannois, serving from 1924 until 1929. He was rumored to have been selected for the posting due to lobbying by his grandfather and subsequent marriage to Latin noblewoman Agnes Selicia.

Claudius first served as Centurion in the Latin military from 1932 until 1937, with a military tribunate in 1933 onward. He was promoted directly from Tribune to Legate in 1937, a position he served in until the Social War. In 1945 he was appointed Catapan of Imperial Latin Armed Forces during the Social War by Empress Diana following the 1945 Coup. During the Social War, Claudius quickly led Imperial forces to a string of victories in the surrender of Castellum, Pola and Ravenna. The war ended in 1949 following the Battle of Alexandria and the capture or death of members of the Social Republic high command. Claudius also served as Caretaker Consul from 1946 until 1955, securing victory over the Social Republic and later working on modernizing the Latin government. He served as a Life Senator from 1930 until his death in 1976. Claudius remains the longest serving Master of Offices in Latin history, with a term of 36 years.

Claudius is known as one of the greatest Latins of the 20th century for his swift and decisive actions at the onset of the Social War in support of the Imperial cause. Though not without controversy, Claudius was widely criticized for his poor and often brutal treatment of POWs and is even believed to have ordered the hands and tongue of Orestes Cotta nailed to the Senate doors in Alexandria after Cotta's body was discovered in his bunker following the Battle of Alexandria.

Early Life and Education

Gaius Claudius Nero Iason Felix Alexander was born 18 May 1900 at Palatium Supranio in Adrianople to Theodosius Claudius, then Count of Philadelphia, and his wife Isabella Claudia. Claudius had two younger sisters, Anna and Marcia and a younger brother Michael. He is a direct male-line descendant of Emperor Philip I, the first Catholic Latin Emperor. Under an alternative succession to the Latin throne, Claudius would have been Emperor Jason VI.Through his paternal grandmother he can trace ancestry through The Dukes of Rhenus, The Doux of Akropolites and other members of Latin nobility. He was baptized by Archbishop George Balventius of Castellum at Sacra Basilica de Angeli Gabriel on 2 June 1900. He was reportedly cherished by his grandfather.

Claudius was primarily educated at home, upon the direction of his grandfather, by private tutors in Adrianople. Most of his early lessons consisted of history, language, literature, music and later warfare. From 1912 until 1916, Claudius was sent to Alexandria where he was a member of the Imperial Court of John XIII. His father was a prominent author of a series of books on Latin politics, including "Who Govern's Latium" and "Modern Latin Politics."

Military Career


Social War

Political Career


Marriage and Issue

The Duke married Latin noblewoman Agnes Selicia, in 1921. They had four children:


Styles, titles, honors and arms

  • 18 May 1900 – 12 November 1924: Count Corcyra
  • 12 November 1924 – 1 June 1930: Marchis of Philadelphia
  • 1 June 1930 – 31 October 1976: His Grace The Duke of Adrianople

His full titles and styles were: His Grace, Jason Claudius, Duke of Adrianople, Duke of Tolosa, Marchis of Philadelphia, Count of Corcyra, Count of Colonia Julia, Viscount of Aarhusium, High Lord of Gelonia, Lord of Oea, Lord of Olympia, Lord of Durolipons, Master of the Aventine, and Hereditary Prefect of the West, Propraetor of Adrianople and the counties adjacent.

National decorations

  •  Latium: Knight of the Most Noble Order of St. Maria Order of the Most Holy Annunciation BAR.svg
  •  Latium: Member of the Order of the Civic Crown Ordine Civile di Savoia BAR.svg
  •  Latium: Member of the Order of the Grass Crown Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
  •  Latium: Knight of the Sacred Order of Golden Eagle AquilaRomana0.png
  •  Latium: Knight Ancient Equestrian Order St.AlexanderOrder-ribbon.svg

Dynastic decorations

  • 1 June 1927 Red ribbon bar - general use.svg Grand Master of the Order of the Golden Fleece

Foreign decorations

See also