I, Claudius

I, Claudius

By Robert Graves

  • Release Date: 2014-03-06
  • Genre: Ancient
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Description

Once a rather bookish young man with a limp and a stammer, a man who spent most of his time trying to stay away from the danger and risk of the line of ascension, Claudius seemed an unlikely candidate for Emperor. Yet, on the death of Caligula, Claudius finds himself next in line for the throne, and must stay alive as well as keep control.

Drawing on the histories of Plutarch, Suetonius, and Gaius Cornelius Tacitus, noted historian and classicist Robert Graves tells the story of the much-maligned Emperor Claudius with both skill and compassion. Weaving important themes throughout about the nature of freedom and safety possible in a safety and a monarchy, Graves’ Claudius is both more effective and more tragic than history typically remembers him. A best-selling novel and one of Graves’ most successful, I, Claudius has been adapted to television, film, theatre, and audio.

Reviews

  • Lively history of Rome

    5
    By stidmark
    What a pleasure to read this after seeing the BBC series. I am now more impressed with the job done in the TV series because they were so faithful in detail as well as in spirit to the book. But now we must give credit to the inspired writing that made both great. I feel I have experienced the history, not read about it.

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