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cuculus74 on Jan 30, 2011
The mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 BC) to Claudius’ own death in 54 AD. As Claudius narrates his life, we witness Augustus’ attempts to find an heir, often foiled by his wife Livia who wants her son Tiberius to become emperor. We also see the conspiracy of Sejanus, the infamous reign of Caligula, and Claudius’ own troubled period of rule.
I, Claudius (1934) is a novel by English writer Robert Graves, written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius. As such, it includes history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC to Caligula’s assassination in AD 41. The ‘autobiography’ of Claudius continues (from Claudius’s accession after Caligula’s death to his death in 54) in Claudius the God (1935). The sequel also includes a section written as an autobiography of Herod Agrippa, contemporary of Claudius and future King of the Jews. The two books were adapted by the BBC into an award-winning television serial, I, Claudius.
In 1998, the Modern Library ranked I, Claudius fourteenth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
Family tree of Julio-Claudian Dynasty producing 5 emperors at the start of the Roman Empire (27 BCE – 68 CE).