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Nothing that I might utter could possibly match the depths of my feelings in this matter. If Graves’s version of Emperor Claudius is historically inaccurate, it’s not much more inaccurate than Tacitus and Pliny the Elder. Claudius the God starts where I, Claudius left off, at the scene of the assassination of Caligula. I also like Claudius favorite prostitute, a woman who is kind, wise, and better than the backstabbing nobility.

This series really is just phenomenally good. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. In that task, he’s successful — everything makes sense. Yes, we are all mad, we Emperors.

Claudius also begins work on building a harbour in Ostia to help preserve the Roman food supply. Alas, this is obviously not how things turn out at all. Finally with Claudius we have a good, wie better than any other emperor. He eventually is given a great tutor Athenodoruswho fosters a love of history and republican messalia in Claudius.

I found a lot of it rather tedious and dry. Sometimes I wonder if this book is rampantly misogynist on purpose, or if that just a reflection of the source material Robert Graves had to work with. Claudius arrests Silius and the leaders of the coup.

He cleaned up the political and financial processes and abolished Caligula’s self-serving edicts. These events unfold, with the assassination of his mad nephew, Caligula, the Praetorian Guard needs a ruler, or else they become obsolete, no monarch gox keep from harm, and will go back to the intolerable barracks.


Caligula does seem to be an evil person at first but uses his charm to hix friends and supporters.

Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina by Robert Graves

To his surprise, Claudius is recalled claudiks Rome from his peaceful life writing history in Capua, living with his prostitute companion Calpurnia. Beautifully written and totally engrossing, historical fiction does not get much better than this. Despite the long list of historical characters living out their lives in these pages, the story is easy to follow. I also like Robert Graves’ writing mmessalina.

Therein lies another enigma. I believe he probably closely created a book based in that time period as possible.

This was an engaging novel from the start–humorous, dramatic ans skillfully written. He later attempted to make a living by running a small shop, but the business failed. There they continued to publish letterpress books under the rubric of the Seizin Press, founded and edited the literary journal Epilogueand wrote two successful academic books together: Claudius is also able to quell two mutinies and conquers Britain.

Robert Mesalina begins anew the tumultuous life of the Roman who became emporer in spite of himself. I recommend the book to people who like to read historical novels. And to have it all told in such a way that you were able to learn while being entertained is what made this book an enjoyable read for me. Still, I liked Claudius. It’s a shame that Messalina is such a pretty name, because she was such a vile person. He was a hands-on Emperor and sat on the judges’ bench to administer justice.

Since he wishes to record his life for posterity, Claudius chooses to write in Greekwhich will remain “the chief literary language of the world”. Live the 80s Dream! Unfortunately it’s not in the same class, mainly because it’s not the same type of book. Graves ghe a theme for the story by having the fictional Claudius describe a visit to Cumaewhere he receives a prophecy in verse from the Sibyl and an additional prophecy contained in a book of “Sibylline Curiosities”.


While Claudius spends most of his time before becoming emperor tending to his books and his writings and trying to stay out of the general line of corruption and killings, his life on the throne puts him into the center of the political maelstrom. But he was counting on the tide as his ally. It is a long book pages with many characters, each colorfully depicted.

Romans could be extremely cruel. I highly, highly recommend seeing the Masterpiece Theater series adapted from these novels. Graves, for a good read. Claudius later is invited to Livia on her deathbed and reveals that Caligula betrayed his promise.

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A woman who insists on getting paid in cash instead of gifts. Claudius is the original Columbo if you remember this great detective series popular during the 70’s and 80’s.

The chief antagonist initially is his friend Herod yes, that Her Subtitled “and his wife, Messalina”Claudius, the Godthe second volume of Robert Graves’s classic, begins where I, Claudius left off, with Claudius, no less surprised than anyone else, ascending to Emperor, having outlived all his scheming, murderous relatives who actually wanted the job. Agrippina only survives due to the protection of Livia, who holds vital information of Augustus’ true opinion of Tiberius.

Throughout Claudius’ reign he is being unwittingly manipulated by his adulterous wife Messalina who kills many of her enemies as well as being involved in bribery. Herod always finds himself in debts and danger in the East and in Rome. This episode reinforced their initial suspicions that Claudius was not fit for public office.