I, Claudius

 

I, Claudius
by Robert Graves

Paperback - 468 pages
(November 1989)
Vintage Books
ISBN: 067972477X

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From Back Cover:

Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus lived from 10 BC to 54 AD. Despised as a weakling and considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and the mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 AD. I, Claudius is written in the form of Claudius' autobiography and is one of the classics of modern fiction, the best fictional reconstruction of Rome ever written.


Claudius the God

 

Claudius the God
by Robert Graves

Paperback - 533 pages
(November 1989)
Vintage Books
ISBN: 0679725733

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From Back Cover: With the same crystalline brilliance that characterized his classic I, Claudius, Robert Graves begins anew the tumultuous life of the Roman who became emperor in spite of himself. Like the preceding volume, Claudius the God captures the vitality, splendor and decadence of the Roman world at the point of its decline. It is not only a superb re-creation of a colorful moment in history, but, through the eyes of the bemused and wry Claudius, a compelling and ironic account of human nature.

Our review on both books:

We've read this series more than once and have found it to be a treasure-trove of information. We did, however, find all the military exploits tedious to read through but besides that both these books are historical fiction at its best!


I, Claudius DVD

 

I, Claudius (1977 pbs series)
by Robert Graves

DVD
August 15, 2000
ISBN: B00004U12X

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Product Description: Roman history comes alive in this magnificent 13-part series. "I, Claudius" (1976, 668 min.) ranks among the most acclaimed productions in BBC history. Tracing the lives of the last of the Roman emperors, it's an epic of ruthless ambition, shocking debauchery and murderous intrigue set in one of history's most fascinating eras. Bearing witness to the saga is Claudius, whose stutter and limp have marked him a fool--yet whom prophesies have foretold will one day rule Rome. This collector's edition set includes a unique documentary feature, "The Epic That Never Was" (1965, 71 min.), a remarkable behind-the-scenes look at Alexander Korda's ill-fated 1937 screen adaptation of "I, Claudius." Starring Merle Oberon and Charles Laughton, the chronicle of this uncompleted masterpieces is an unforgettable coda to one of the greatest stories ever told.

 

 

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