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Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) Blurb

From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54.

Set in the first century A.D. in Rome and written as an autobiographical memoir, this colorful story of the life of the Roman emperor Claudius stands as one of the modern classics of historical fiction.

Physically weak and afflicted with stuttering, Claudius is initially despised and dismissed as an idiot. Shunted to the background of imperial affairs by his embarrassed royal family, he becomes a scholar and historian, while palace intrigues and murders surround him. Observing these dramas from beyond the public eye, Claudius escapes the cruelties inflicted on the rest of the royal family by its own members and survives to become emperor of Rome in A.D. 41.


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Em*bedded-in-books* (embeddedinbooks) | 2936 comments Started today morning. At 10% - not very rivetting, but readable.

Perhaps one should have a background knowledge of exact history before reading spin offs.


Karolina Kat (lindetiel) | 753 comments Two chapters in: so far I enjoy thge stylised narration, as well as providing the reader with some insights into everyday Roman life.


Em*bedded-in-books* (embeddedinbooks) | 2936 comments At 12%, Claudius is just born and am enjoying it now. Perhaps I find it better if I can concentrate on one person and the events occurring around him rather than reading about different people in close succession.


Em*bedded-in-books* (embeddedinbooks) | 2936 comments Karolina wrote: "Two chapters in: so far I enjoy thge stylised narration, as well as providing the reader with some insights into everyday Roman life."

Glad to know, Karolina :)


Em Lost In Books (emlostinbooks) started this morning, read only one page.


Karolina Kat (lindetiel) | 753 comments @Em - how do you like the idea of Roman Emperor making himself into a deity? To be honest, I had no idea that such things happened in Roman times.


Em*bedded-in-books* (embeddedinbooks) | 2936 comments Karolina, to be frank, even I did not know that. But perhaps as one ascends into power, the power gets into their heads and they consider themselves above all.. almost a super power.


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