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Trigues the depravity the bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius soon to culminate in the deified insanity of Caligula I. Game of RomesHistory is the lie of the victors Or so that s what they say But in the case of I Claudius hailed as one of the best pieces of historical fiction written to date the so called lie is either heightened or degraded depends on how you see it into a dramatic tale of cunning deceit depravity and the glories of ancient Rome chalked with enough back stabbing affairs incest assassinations and debauchery you d doubt whether you ve unearthed an ancient tabloid Granted there are certain truths that only a tabloid can tell Of course in this case it is idiotic to look for historical accuracy in fiction but certain things that happen are just so wicked that you have to wonder whether these lies are just that This review aims to take on the impossible task of diluting the deceitful mixture to separate the lies of the writer from the essential lies of the victors There s actually very little in I Claudius that s entirely unattested But the thing is Robert Graves based on historical works that are biased and unreliable and he portrays the characters in a way to fit his underlying narrative Graves relied most heavily on Suetonius and Tacitus He drew on Suetonius and a host of late Roman authors who are inaccurate at best particularly for his narration of the earlier emperors to provide all sorts of juicy gossip that those works are full of But then he had a problem There was a sharp division among writers of the 1st and 2nd Centuries AD as regards Claudius Many of his contemporaries and particularly the Neronians saw Claudius as the bumbling old idiot that you can find in the pages of Seneca and Suetonius However under the Flavians Claudius became a model emperor who was a struggling intellectual and who expanded Roman power militarily and through his public works rather than the idiot who let everyone else do all the work for him and eventually had to rely on his wife so much that he fell into her trap easily Graves chooses the Flavian view of Claudius and attempts to explain away the aspects of his character seen negatively by Suetonius and Seneca by various means Graves claimed that it occurred to him while reading through Suetonius and Tacitus that perhaps Claudius was not really as stupid as everyone else thought and that he was cleverly trying to stay alive in a time of intrigue and plotting that undoubtedly would have killed him otherwise As a result the works are highly sifted and selected to provide particular no matter how unlikely versions of the events that took placeThere s nothing to suggest that Claudius Livia Augustus or any of the other characters thought many of the things that Graves puts in their minds We know they did certain things and there are a number of reasons why they might have done so Graves picks the reasons he particularly likes and crafts a very good story from it imagining that it is true whether it is or not The other thing that Graves fabricates is holes in the record Graves is very fond of linking events together that probably didn t have any connection the famous example is the important character of Cassius Chaerea who appears all over the place and is a major plot driver The historical Cassius Chaerea is only known as the prefect of the Praetorian Guard who was hated and teased by Caligula and eventually was one of the leaders of the plot to murder him Whenever Chaerea appears elsewhere in I Claudius Graves is in fact imposing his character on a historical person Basically whenever Chaerea appears before then he s actually playing someone who the record says was named Cassius and that Graves assumes or pretends was Chaerea for plot purposes There s no reason to suggest for example that the same Cassius who led the survivors out of the Teutoburg was the guy who killed Caligula Cassius was after all the name of one of the largest families in Rome As I end let me entertain you a bit If you ve ever watched Game of Thrones then you should know never to underestimate the weak repulsive ones What they lack in strength or in beauty they make up for in cunning and intelligence Permit me to say this but I do think Grave s version of Claudius is in a certain sense the true Tyrion Of course he s not a dwarf but he s deformed in his own way He s lame bowlegged and a chronic stammerer He comes from a family that comes to power because of a deceitful but nevertheless remarkable woman Livia aka Cersei then becomes the steward of sorts to his insane nephew Geoffrey or Caligula rather Not that I m trying to say Game of Thrones is based on I Claudius or Roman history or that Tyrion will become king of the seven realms I m just saying that they re both entertaining they re both fiction but that doesn t mean they re both trash Sometimes you need a lie to get to the truth Immediately after the book was published the classical community exploded with some denouncing the book and condemning Graves who explicitly states that he was not attempting any sort of historical or professional publication with the book merely his own fancy but it also initiated scholars to go back and revisit the textual material In general the book prompted a mass re reading of all the material on Claudius if only to fact check Graves and a great deal of things that were overlooked until then popped out This coincided with a revisiting of the emperors in general So it did have some sort of significance for academics and it did and continues to awaken the layman s curiosity about roman emperors and conseuently about ancient roman history And for Game of Thrones well the truth is it s just awesome

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Claudius and its seuel Claudius the God are among the most celebrated as well the most gripping historical novels ever writtenCover illustration Brian Pik. Poor Clau Clau Claudius He stuttered had a limp and was deaf in one ear Considered the family idiot he had the misfortune to be born into a family that suffered from a congenital lack of compassion Robert Graves s choice of the hapless Claudius as the narrator for this work of historical fiction was ingenious Seen as dull witted and harmless by his ruthless relatives Claudius managed to avoid view spoileralmost hide spoiler

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Into the 'autobiography' of Clau Clau Claudius the pitiful stammerer who was destined to become Emperor in spite of himself Graves packs the everlasting in. Things had to have been boring in ancient Rome with no TV internet or video games But after reading I Claudius I think that the average Roman citizen s chief entertainment probably came from watching what the imperial family did to each other There was the crime and intrigue of a show like The Sopranos All the narcissism and betrayal of a season of a reality TV show More sex than cable on demand porn channels and enough family dysfunction to make Jerry Springer s guests look classy You could have kicked off your sandals put your feet up and watched out the window as all kinds of people got married divorced betrayed robbed disgraced exiled and murdered You can t put a dollar value on entertainment like thatThe story is told from the perspective of Claudius a member of the royal family who managed to survive because he was widely considered to be an idiot due to his stammer and bad leg and because he never had enough money for anyone to bother killing him for his estate Shunned and forgotten by most of the family Claudius becomes a historian and scholar who documents the terrible things that happen around him as everyone seeks to gain and keep powerOver his life Claudius will have to deal with three emperors the noble Augustus the sullen and paranoid Tiberius and the crazy Caligula His grandmother Livia who married Augustus would ruthlessly manipulate and destroy generations of her own family through various schemes and murders to make sure that her son Tiberius would one day inherit the throne Great book that really makes Roman history come alive Claudius is a sympathetic narrator and there s a streak of hilarious deadpan humor along with all the palace intrigue


10 thoughts on “I Claudius

  1. says:

    Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus Claudius to his embarrassed family born in Lyon in what is now France a sickly lame twitching stutterer a nonentity thought an idiot by his relatives the most prominent in ancient Rome Julius Caesar bega

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    Things had to have been boring in ancient Rome with no TV internet or video games But after reading I Claudius I think that the averag

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    I Claudius reviewed by Manny Claudius come here sit down right by me don't be shy O o o o o oh M m m m m Yes? essalinaI Claudius reviewed by Mariel All i can dream about is rabbits every day every day rabbits i can't tell you whyI Claudius reviewed by Ian Graye You've seen The Sopranos so you think you know about gangstersBut Imper

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    Compelling humorous entertaining and even at time times deeply disturbing this traces the peripheral rise of an unlikely Caeser Historical fiction at its best Graves provides an in depth behind the scenes look at early Roman Imperial

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    Game of RomesHistory is the lie of the victors Or so that’s what they say But in the case of I Claudius hailed as one of the best pieces of historical fiction written to date the so called lie is either heightened or degr

  6. says:

    Robert Graves' classic I Claudius is a masterpiece of historical fiction about the stuttering lame unlikely emperor Claudius ending just as he

  7. says:

    I was going to write that Graves having translated The Twelve Caesars recycled the Suetonius with a dash of Tacitus and some added murders to create I Claudius ostensibly the memoirs of the Emperor Claudius This however seems to be entirely fa

  8. says:

    Yo ClaudioThe review I really have in mind will be attempted for this book only after I finish reading Claudius the God to uench the burning curiosity of how this ‘Clau Clau Claudius’ a man who in the first shock of being made emperor had this outrageous thought come rushing to his mind So I'm Emperor am I? W

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    Poor Clau Clau Claudius He stuttered had a limp and was deaf in one ear Considered the family idiot he had the misfortune to be born into a family that suffered from a congenital lack of compassion Robert Graves’s choice of the hapless Claudius as the narrator for this work of historical fiction was ingenious Seen as dull witted and harmless by his ruthless relatives Claudius managed to avoid view spoileralmost hide

  10. says:

    There have been multiple periods of time in my life during which I developed a fascination for different historical families usually of infamous repute Elementary school was devoted to the Tudors focusing heavily

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