After watching the BBC series a few months ago, I decided it was time to sample the book. It's quite the novel! In some ways the TV series is a bit more lively and engaging (after all, there's baby-eating!) but the book is marvelous in its details. I think the thing I enjoyed the most is how Graves uses Claudius's own voice to make it clear that, while Claudius may at times have good intentions, it turns out that if you spend decades pretending to be weak in order to survive, it's very difficult to be strong when the situation calls for it. Fascinating stuff. It also made me want to learn more about the Roman campaigns in Germany.