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Make sure you are born an Emperor... or an idiot!,
This review is from: Claudius the God (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
I read this directly after reading I, Claudius.
It is longer and more sedate perhaps and lacks the screw-tightening tension of the earlier book but is no less fascinating.
The various little stories Claudius tells are fantastic, like the Roman knight who woos his lover by pretending to be a God, or the sea battle Claudius sets up to celebrate his draining of the Fucine lake (and his ensuing tantrum); these stories seem to encapsulate the marvellous and terrifying glory of ancient Rome - it occurs to me that Graves is in no small part responsible for the image we carry of the Roman emperors. Graves has imagined and described events so well through Claudius that you remember them almost as if you were there - without the danger of summary execution hanging over your head...