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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (3 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141188596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141188591
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I, CLAUDIUS and CLAUDIUS THE GOD are an imaginative and hugely readable account of the early decades of the Roman Empire ... racy, inventive, often comic (Daily Telegraph)

One of the really remarkable books of our day, a novel of learning and imagination, fortunately conceived and brilliantly executed (New York Times)

Still an acknowledged masterpiece and a model for historical fiction ... sympathetic and intensely involving: a great feat of imagination (Hilary Mantel)

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First published in 1934, and written in the form of Claudius' autobiography, the audio is read by Derek Jacobi. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Published in 1934, poet Robert Graves's _I, Claudius_ tells the story of Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus, known in Roman history as Claudius--an historian, a crippled stutterer, and widely regarded as an idiot. Claudius is isolated from the treachery of the Roman court during the years immediately after the death of Christ, protected by the fact that no one takes him seriously enough to want to assassinate him. Ultimately, however, Claudius ascends to the throne of the Roman Empire in 41 A.D. and rules brilliantly until he is assassinated in 54 A.D.

Through the first person narrative of Claudius, Graves tells the story from the beginning of the Christian era until Claudius's death fifty years later, recording the horrors visited on the Roman people by his family's rulers. Claudius's grandmother Livia, widow of Caesar Augustus--and one of the most treacherous women in history--manipulates the imperial succession through poisonings, assassinations, marriages, and secret alliances. The reign of her son Tiberius is bloody, murderous, and corrupt. His brother, the good soldier Drusus, is kept in foreign lands until he can be assassinated. Tiberius's succession by Caligula, his grandson and the protégé of Livia, takes Rome into even more terrifying debauchery. Claudius's ultimate succession to the throne upon the death of Caligula, his insane nephew, is regarded as a joke by the court--the installation of an idiot who will not challenge the imperialists. Ironically, Claudius is discovered to be a republican.

This first person account, with virtually no scenes of direct action, defies the first rule of novel-writing: to recreate, not "tell about" actions.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Mar. 2014
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Over two novels, this being the first, Robert Graves managed to give us the fictional autobiography of Claudius that is scholarly as well as at the same time being speculative, and a thumping good read. As with any leader at this time so far back in our history there is of course rumour, propaganda and hearsay thus although we know certain facts but not everything Graves definitely had room to play about with his characters and certain events. This did give him a certain freedom to some extent, but even so you can see that he was a man who had done his research and knew a lot about the era he wrote of.

In what was a very turbulent period in Roman history with regards to its leadership, Claudius was an ideal person to use, as he lived through some major events, and due to his infirmities managed to avoid assassination unlike a lot of his relatives. After all an Emperor doesn't want family and others around him who could usurp him with legitimate claims to the throne.

In this book Claudius takes us back to before he was born so that we get a feel for the age, and then after his birth he shows what was going on with all the political and family machinations. By using modern place names this makes it an easy read for those who aren't as well versed on the history of the period as others, and whether you are quite well informed on the era or not this makes for some great reading. Although there is a lot of plotting and killing here this is also full of comedy and is a joy to read. We are taken up to the assassination of Caligula and Claudius being announced Emperor, with what happened next coming in the second volume `Claudius the God'.
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Re-reading old favourites has become a bit of a habit with me lately - simply because there are few new authors with half the talent of Robert Graves.

As one reviewer points out, quite rightly, this isn't history, but the reader can't help but wish it to be true. The character of Claudius is so well drawn and accounts so well for the paradoxies evident in the historical accounts of him that you feel it must be right. There is nothing in the story that cannot be verified in Suetonius or Tacitus and Graves' handling of the material leaves the reader with nothing but admiration for his explanation of those facts.

Truly magnificent.
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For so many people I, Claudius is THE novel about the first years of the Roman Empire and so has conditioned our whole reception of Rome and the rule of the emperors - and how Robert Graves would have laughed if he could have predicted that! Written as a 'pot-boiler' because he needed the cash, Graves deliberately fashions a decadent, immoral and corrupt milieu that has now passed into historical fact.

As a translator of Suetonius and Tacitus, two of the major sources he uses for his fictions, Graves is completely aware that both men had political agendas of their own when they chose to portray Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula etc in the way he did. Livia hardly gets a mention, along with the other imperial women, and Suetonius' portrait of Claudius himself is far less avuncular than Graves'.

Having said that, both this and the sequel Claudius the God are excellent novels: but just don't automatically assume they're also history because they're not.
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