I, Claudius (2020)

I, Claudius Robert Graves I Claudius Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little than a stammering fool the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the intrigues bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Roman dy
  • Title: I, Claudius
  • Author: Robert Graves
  • ISBN: 9780141188591
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
I, Claudius Robert Graves Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the intrigues, bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Roman dynasties In I, Claudius he watches from the sidelines to record the reigns of its emperors from the wise Augustus and his villainous wife Livia to the sadistic TiberiusDespised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the intrigues, bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Roman dynasties In I, Claudius he watches from the sidelines to record the reigns of its emperors from the wise Augustus and his villainous wife Livia to the sadistic Tiberius and the insane excesses of Caligula Written in the form of Claudius autobiography, this is the first part of Robert Graves s brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, and stands as one of the most celebrated, gripping historical novels ever written.
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  1. Henry Avila

    Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus Claudius to his embarrassed family , born in Lyon, in what is now France, a sickly, lame, twitching, stutterer, a nonentity, thought an idiot by his relatives, the most prominent in ancient Rome, Julius Caesar began their than century long reign, as the rulers of the vast, expanding, Roman Empire But he survives the treacherous, deadly, byzantine atmosphere, where killing an enemy is common, all for power, influence and money, nothing else matters, destr [...]

  2. Kemper

    Things had to have been boring in ancient Rome with no TV, internet or video games But after reading I, Claudius, I think that the average Roman citizen s chief entertainment probably came from watching what the imperial family did to each other There was the crime and intrigue of a show likeThe Sopranos All the narcissism and betrayal of a season of a reality TV show More sex than cable on demand porn channels and enough family dysfunction to make Jerry Springer s guests look classy You could h [...]

  3. Paul Bryant

    I Claudius reviewed by Manny Claudius, come here, sit down right by me, don t be shy O o o o o oh, M m m m m Yes essalina I Claudius reviewed by Mariel All i can dream about is rabbits every day every day rabbits i can t tell you why.I Claudius reviewed by Ian Graye You ve seen The Sopranos, so you think you know about gangsters.But Imperial Rome didn t get its reputation by organising knitting circles.No, it didn t.Claudius became emperor accidentally They found him cowering in a cupboard and t [...]

  4. Lyn

    Compelling, humorous, entertaining and even at time times deeply disturbing, this traces the peripheral rise of an unlikely Caeser Historical fiction at its best, Graves provides an in depth, behind the scenes look at early Roman Imperial intrigue First published in 1934, this has been selected as one of the finest English language works in the twentieth century.

  5. Jr Bacdayan

    Game of RomesHistory is the lie of the victors Or so that s what they say But in the case of I, Claudius hailed as one of the best pieces of historical fiction written to date, the so called lie is either heightened or degraded, depends on how you see it, into a dramatic tale of cunning, deceit, depravity and the glories of ancient Rome chalked with enough back stabbing, affairs, incest, assassinations, and debauchery you d doubt whether you ve unearthed an ancient tabloid Granted there are cert [...]

  6. Sarah (Presto agitato)

    Poor Clau Clau Claudius He stuttered, had a limp, and was deaf in one ear Considered the family idiot, he had the misfortune to be born into a family that suffered from a congenital lack of compassion Robert Graves s choice of the hapless Claudius as the narrator for this work of historical fiction was ingenious Seen as dull witted and harmless by his ruthless relatives, Claudius managed to avoid view spoiler almost hide spoiler the poisoning, banishment, starvation, stabbing, and suicide to whi [...]

  7. Riku Sayuj

    Yo, ClaudioThe review I really have in mind will be attempted for this book only after I finish reading Claudius the God to quench the burning curiosity of how this Clau Clau Claudius , a man, who in the first shock of being made emperor had this outrageous thought come rushing to his mind So, I m Emperor, am I What nonsense But at least I ll be able to make people read my books now , will conduct himself as a God Emperor , The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Rubicon The Last Years of t [...]

  8. Jan-Maat

    I was going to write that Graves having translated The Twelve Caesars recycled the Suetonius with a dash of Tacitus and some added murders to create I Claudius ostensibly the memoirs of the Emperor Claudius This, however, seems to be entirely false as Graves wrote I, Claudius than twenty years before he made that translation He was though living on Majorca, which is not quite Capri and if isolated and obsessing over his muse not quite in Tiberian style.In my imagination then I have to place I, [...]

  9. Manny

    Ave, Imperator A a a a ave Manny Heri o o o ccurabamus Parodis Paulii Bryantii erat A a a absit invidia Latinam loquitis Googlam Translatam utiliso Non i i i intelligo Malefice Logicus coprae est P p parodis Bryantii melius erat Bastarde

  10. Aubrey

    There have been multiple periods of time in my life during which I developed a fascination for different historical families, usually of infamous repute Elementary school was devoted to the Tudors, focusing heavily on the Princess Elizabeth, while middle through high school was preoccupied with the Borgias, an interest balanced between its equally intriguing members Every so often those fascinations will spark up again, and I will find myself consuming relevant impressively rendered fiction and [...]

  11. Luke Peterson

    Best book I d read in years I, Claudius is a brilliantly written piece of historical fiction from the perspective of a hapless yet intelligent black sheep of the Julio Claudian house during the Augustan era of the Roman Empire who stumbles his way through to survive the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and Caligula only to be made emperor himself.At times hilarious, others disturbing, very interesting all the way through, Robert Graves wrote a masterpiece with this I challenge anyone to read I, Cla [...]

  12. Alex

    I like I, Claudius a lot, but what is it It s a slow character study of subtle, canny Claudius, who s one of the most likable protagonists I ve read recently Self deprecating and brilliant, he s proactive than he chooses to mention.It s a history lesson, but not a trustworthy one This is a good example of something I think of as the Nero Rule Nero, see, put cages on poles and set Christians on fire in them and used them as streetlights He probably didn t, actually, but that s a cool story There [...]

  13. David Sarkies

    A fictional autobiography of a Roman Emperor23 February 2015 Well, here is another historical novel that I actually quite enjoyed, but that may be because, unlike most historical novels that deal with fictional characters placed in an historical time period, this deals with real characters, namely the Imperial Family from the establishment of the empire to the ascension of Claudius to the throne As can be seen by the title, the main character is the emperor Claudius before he became emperor the [...]

  14. Sinem A.

    Tarih kitab olmas na ra men retici ama s k c de il ve kurgu olmas na ra men yavan bir kitap de il Kitap boyunca zellikle konuya merak olanlar n ilgisini ayakta tutmay ba ar yor Yazar n mizahi anlat m da olduk a etkileyici.

  15. Sara

    In 1977 oh my, how time flies , Masterpiece Theater presented a BBC production of I, Claudius The production included the events of both of Graves Claudius novels and featured a cast that would include some of the best actors of the century, among them Derek Jacobi, an unforgettable Claudius After watching it, I read Robert Graves novel from which its name was derived, but never got around to the second half of the story, Claudius the God Fast forward to today, and I am at last revisiting the fi [...]

  16. Kiwi Begs2Differ✎

    A work of historical fiction as it should be entertaining but based on solid research, including accurate dates and places The book narrative is in the first person, as if Claudius were writing his autobiography, complete with Homeric references and Latin vocabulary Although its stated purpose is of a biography, the story is rich with many historical figures related to the Julio Claudian family line Claudius observations on these characters provide interesting behind the scene information of his [...]

  17. Dawn

    I am a fan of anything to do with the Roman Empire I find it endlessly fascinating how much of their systems of law and politics we continue to use and the amount of their language that is still a part of our lives As the intention must obviously have been, seeing as the point of view is from Claudius writing a history, this book is heavy on the facts and chronicles of events Though it is written with a personal opinion on the characters, as Claudius is their contemporary I found the style of st [...]

  18. Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    Historical fiction is a genre I quite enjoy and this was a group read I was really looking forward to Graves tells us, in the voice of Claudius himself a historian and writer of many books , the story of the Roman civilisation from the days of Augustus to when Claudius himself is appointed Emperor It doesn t take long to realise that civilisation is rather a misnomer one sort of knows that already, of course, especially from the gladiators and other entertainments , for though there is the writi [...]

  19. Raul Bimenyimana

    This was fun reading It reminded me of the A Song of Fire and Ice series Claudius, is a stammering lame fellow whose disabilities and weaknesses bring him both mockery and his salvation in a family plagued with scheming, deceit, betrayal, poisoning, the lust for power and the like The humour and action in the book makes it a great page turner and Livia has become one of my favourite villains of all time.

  20. Andy Dowling

    This thing is basically The Wire in togas It has much of the complex plotting, political positioning, warring and double crossing of that show, with a bit of incest and poisoning thrown in for good measure A lot of poisoning actually If the amount of poisoning in this book is at all historically accurate, then the Romans must have experienced the same abject terror sitting down to every meal, which we in modern life are thankfully now only exposed to when faced with no option but to use a KFC dr [...]

  21. Maryana Pinchuk

    This is a re read for me I found it at my parents house while visiting over Thanksgiving the same dog eared copy I had first read in high school and just like the first time, despite the heavy subject matter, it was a pretty easy and breezy read I devoured it in less than 2 days While it was less of a page turner knowing all the twists and intrigues that were to come, the second reading gave me a new appreciation for the tension Graves strikes, on the one hand titillating the reader with some of [...]

  22. Syl

    2.5 stars Oh, Claudius I tried to comprehend , but perhaps my 21st century brain is differently wired so as to make sense of the various intrigues, conspiracies, counter conspiracies, political friendships which suddenly turn into violent enmity,and often vice versa I also could not fathom your very intricate family tree, which was rife with marriage between relations, incest, polygamy and polyandry The way you people changed, added or subtracted spouses at the turn of your hats also confused me [...]

  23. Karla

    Re read after 15 years It wasn t as good as I remember, but the audiobook narrator occasionally irritated me with his delivery so that might have had something to do with it I ll actually re read the sequel Claudius the God and see if the written word has a different effect.I also re read this concurrently with watching the 1976 miniseries for a long long overdue first time ever, enjoying it than the book version It s highly doubtful I ll ever unsee Brian Blessed as Augustus John Hurt as Caligu [...]

  24. Sine

    hem soya ac ndaki isim benzerlikleri, hem de akraba evlilikleri nedeniyle olduk a karma k olabilecek bir konuyu ok keyifli ve ak c anlatm yazar y zy ll k yaln zl k ta bile soya ac na bir iki kere bakan ben, internetten buldu um bir soya ac n kendim izip kitab n aras na koyup s rekli a p bakt m bu anlamda biraz zorluyor ama zamanla al yorsunuz elbette, zaten birka imparatorun d nemini kapsayan bir anlat oldu u i in art k o isimde be ki i de olsa d nem itibariyle hangi isim oldu unu anlayabiliyors [...]

  25. Chris

    Updated Review Reheard after listening to Holland s book about the family So fun.A very good dramatization If you are a fan of the series, this does not detract from it It is also interesting to listen to Derek Jacobi as Augustus It makes a nice bookend.

  26. Emily

    Robert Graves does a remarkable job bringing the various Caesars to life in this book But, oddly enough, the least compelling Caesar is Claudius That s crazy, because Claudius due to his lameness, his stutter, and his assumed idiocy managed to survive most of his family and the reign of his insane nephew Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D And he was a good emperor definitely the best and most capable of the Caesars since Augustus That makes Claudius a particularly enticing figure to speculate [...]

  27. K.M. Weiland

    I don t know what I expecting when I started in on this Something dull as tombs, a la some of the other classics I ve been reading lately Or something ostentatious, based solely on my familiarity with Graves as a poet which makes no sense, because he s a wonderful poet At any rate, the book totally blew my expectations out of the water Fascinating from the word go, this is a stellar historical account of the early Roman Empire, as seen through the eyes of its misfit Emperor Claudius For all that [...]

  28. David

    The first book that convinced me that history could be engrossing Ridiculously fun to read it delivers a thrill on a level with the first time you saw The Mikado , heard the Saint Saens cello concerto, Callas singing Casta Diva You get the pictureIt is a stroke of genius for Graves to choose Claudius, the drooling halfwit among the Caesars, overlooked and ridiculed by his ambitious relatives, as his mouthpiece In a voice that is irresistibly gossipy and remarkably shrewd, he draws us in and mak [...]

  29. Fulya İçöz

    Kitab ilk kez halk k t phanesinden 15 ya mdayken alm t m Sonra kendi k t phaneme de koydum ve bir kere daha okudum imdi neredeyse 20 sene sonra ayn tatla okudum yine Korkun ama yine de hayranl k uyand ran Livia, mide buland ran Caligula, kinci Tiberius ve saf Clau Clau Claudius, hep ayn ekilde y llarca benim tekrar onlar ziyaret etmemi beklemi ler me er Dost K rpe nin eksiksiz T rk esi de tad n art r yor kitab n Hala ilk g za r m olan 10 kitaptan biri.

  30. BryanJones

    Absolutely one of the worst books I ever read I will never understand its popularity Historical fiction at its worst No themes, no depth, no undertones Graves simply regurgitates facts and characters from 1st Century Roman high society.

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