I, Claudius (Claudius #1)
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 A.D. Historical novel set in 1st-century-AD Rome by Robert Graves, published in 1934. The book is wri...more
- Claudius, come here, sit down right by me, don't be shy.
- O o o o o oh, M-m-m-m-m-
I Claudius reviewed by Mariel :
All i can dream about is rabbits every day. every day rabbits. i can't tell you why.
I Claudius reviewed by Ian Graye :
You've seen The Sopranos, so you think you know about gangsters.
But Imperial Rome didn't get its reputation by organising knitting circles.
No, it didn't.
Claudius became emperor accidentally. They found him cowering in a...more
I decided that I had to read I, Claudius as soon as possible because of Brian Blessed.
I was watching a documentary about the famous BBC miniseries based on the book (which I desperately want to watch) and saw Mr. Blessed -- one of my favorite people to ever exist, who should really be a "Sir Blessed" -- discuss his reaction to being offered the role of Augustus: he basically (I am paraphrasing) went "oh no, I can't see myself as Augustus... ma...more
The review I really have in mind will be attempted for this book only after I finish reading Claudius the God (to quench 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? What nonsense! But at least I'll be able to make people read my books now.”, will conduct himself as a God-Emperor), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Rubicon: The Last Y...more
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 spoiler)[almost (hide spoiler)] the poisoning, banishment, starvation, stabbing, and suici...more
As we're to spend a couple of nights in Rome over New Year's Eve, I thought I'd get in the mood by picking up again - having read it ten to fifteen years ago - Robert Graves's account of the reign of Augustus, Tiberius and Caligula. I remember liking it enough then to have sought out and read the sequel, "Claudius the God" - unfortunately my fondness for this novel hasn't accrued with intervening years. Not that there is anything particularly terrible about the book; it's historical subject matt...more
At times hilarious, others disturbing, very interesting all the way through, Robert Graves wrote a masterpiece with this. I challenge anyone to read 'I,...more
This was the first book about the Roman empire that I have ever read. It is exactly the kind of historical fiction that I enjoy and appreciate -- one in which every character is a real histo...more
In our opinion, Robert Graves created a wonderfully unique voice in Claudius. The main character is the poster...more
Julius Caesar is merely the backstory, the real story here is about a sickly cripple that manages not to get assassinated before he becomes the Emperor at the ripe old age of 50 something. (That is not a spoiler...we learn...more
Finished! I'm glad I'm raising kids in Bountiful and not 1st C. Rome.
A funny result of reading this book: it has inspired me to get back into gathering my parent's histories.
Read The Family: a Proclamation to the World regarding women and families and then p. 94, "... as a rule any good looking woman nowadays could have any man to sleep with whom she chose." If she "tired" of her husband, it was a hastle and financially distressing to get rid of him. Being married just me...more
Graves claimed that the ghost of Claudius appeared to him and demanded that his story be set straight. This book (and a sequel I haven't read, Claudius the God) gives a cynical, unflattering, but realistic portrait of the first emperor...more
Saying that, I don't think it's fo...more
The book itself -- which passed to its sequel at the time when Claudius finds himself chosen Emperor -- is something of an odd beast, more of a personal history / diary / historical narrative than what we would think of as a...more
From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54:
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 A.D. Historical novel set in 1st-century-AD Rome by Robert Graves, published in 1934. The book is written as an autobiographical memoir by Roman emperor Claudius. Physically weak, afflicted with stammering, and inclined to dro
This work is not without flaw, it is only human. To some readers, especially those less historically inclined, or those less curious/knowledgeable abo...more
"Eu, Cláudio" relata 82 anos da História do Império Romano (41 a.c. a 41 d.c.). Toda a narrativa é nos contada na primeira...more
After watching the series in the early 90's (BBC first aired in 1976) I bought the book and dived into the mind of Claudius. The book is a first person narrative by Claudius himself. Having survived the rule of Caligula and, before him, Tiberius, Claudius was installed by the Praetorian Guard because he was seen as easily manipulated...more
Ten years, fifty days and three, Clau-Clau-Clau shall given be A gift that all desire but he. To a fawning fellowship he shall stammer, cluck and trip, Dribbling always with his lip. But when he's dumb and no more here, Nineteen hundred years or near, Clau-Clau-Claudius shall speak clear.
With this prophecy from the sibyl of Cumae begins the story of Claudius, an obscure prince of the Julio-Claudian line. Ridiculed for his speech impediment, compared to a monkey and assumed to be an idiot, he end...more
But through all that, Claudius puttered along until -- surprise! -- he wa...more