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review I Claudius 103 ↠ Into the 'autobiography' of Clau Clau Claudius the pitiful stammerer who was destined to become Emperor in spite of himself Graves packs the everlasting intrigues the depravity the bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius soon to culminate in the deified insanity of Caligula I Claudius and its seuel Claudius theTrigues the depravity the bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius soon to culminate in the deified insanity of Caligula I. Robert Graves' classic I Claudius is a masterpiece of historical fiction about the stuttering lame unlikely emperor Claudius ending just as he mounts the imperial throne one must read Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina for the rest high on my TBR now It is a mesmerizing text detailing the reigns of Augustus Tiberius and Caligula with all the accompanying betrayals violence and sexual exploits that you would expect from a particularly gruesome early episode in the Game of Thrones Well the sexual exploits are mostly hinted at without gory details but the rest is well rather violent to say the least There are moments of humor too The debate between Livy and Pollio about their various approaches to history with Claudius in the middle was memorable With his typically cutting wit Claudius sums up the two approaches It's not disillusion sir I see now though I hadn't considered it before that there are two different ways of writing history one is to persuade men to virtue and the other is to compel men to truth The first is Livy's way and the other is yours and perhaps they are not irreconciliable p 122 In this book Graves follows Claudius' leaning towards Pollio's view because the morals of all the protagonists are certainly not something that would compel any sane person to truthThis same Pollio before passing away gave Claudius the best advice he ever received Then exagerrate your limp stammer deliberately sham sickness freuently let your wits wander jerk your head and twich with your hands on all public or semi public occasions If you could see as much as I see you would know that this was your only hope of safety and eventual glory p 125 Fortunately for him Claudius does take this advice to heartGraves seems to speak though his protagonist as he reacts to various pronouncements that occur in the book but doubtless also during his lifetime in early 20th C Britain To recommend a monarchy on account of the prosperity it gives to the provinces seems to me like something that a man should have liberty to treat his children as slaves if at the same time he treats his slaves with reasonable consideration p 163 In another example of dark humor when Drusillus is murdered he is found with a pear shoved down his throat in a lame attempt to excuse the assassination as an accident It is clear that Livia not having been consulted about the marriage of one of her great grandchildren had arranged for the child to be strangled and the pear crammed down his throat afterwards As was the custom for in such cases the pear tree was charged with murder and sentenced to be uprooted and burned p 294 This may sound particularly awful but there are worse fates awaiting children under Caligula's reignAs for historical fiction this one rates for me nearly as high as Youcenar's Mémoires d'Hadrien which for me is the most beautiful evocation of a Roman emperor's inner life In this book it takes about 75 pages to build a head of steam and then it runs us right over the cliff over and over again with the evil characters of Livia and Caligula in particular the manipulation of Augustus and Tiberius and the foreshortened fates of literally dozens of family members and thousands of Roman citizens A must read And if I may the insanity of Caligula and his particular communication and governing style bears comparison to that of the orange menace at 1600 Penn Ave at the moment

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Into the 'autobiography' of Clau Clau Claudius the pitiful stammerer who was destined to become Emperor in spite of himself Graves packs the everlasting in. 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 essalinaI Claudius reviewed by Mariel All i can dream about is rabbits every day every day rabbits i can't tell you whyI Claudius reviewed by Ian Graye You've seen The Sopranos so you think you know about gangstersBut Imperial Rome didn't get its reputation by organising knitting circlesNo it didn'tClaudius became emperor accidentally They found him cowering in a cupboard and they dragged him kicking and screaming to the throneThat might be a metaphorOr notI Claudius reviewed by Bird Brian THE HARD CORE TRUTH Graves dishes up nothing less than the most incisive deconstruction of the Bush regime and by extension the entire ediface of oppression which perpetuates from one administration to the next If Hilary Clinton had beat Obama in the primaries in 2008 and had then won a second term this year America would have had two dynastic families running the whole shooting match from 1989 onwards do you see any difference with Ancient Rome I sure don'tI Claudius reviewed by Karen BrissetteYOU GUYS IT IS FINISHED I HAVE MADE FIFTY GRILLED CHEESES WHAT A FUN CHEESY TIME I HAVE HAD okay i know you have all been waiting on the edge of your seat for what will karen do this summer to follow up her extraordinary summer of 23 pasta salads here is your answer friends i claudius or i clavidvs if you check out the cover of the copy i have wooh here we go eviscerations deflorations and probably pasta fazool I Claudius reviewed by PrajProlonged use of both valium and absolute power may do unusual things to people's libido but who is going to draw such a moral from the romping morass which we can tinopen here in the untangleble tale of the nincompoop emperor Kings and lords and high spastic rulers and their horrid affairs filthy fate covetousness allegiance brutalities treachery and chastisements metamorphosing from the coccoon of mighty power and disgusting love such as it may be so called I not however Discordant waves of love and nastiness like bad songs sung loudly by good singers dangerously destabilizing romantic notions; overwhelming morality and raison d'être; all is destroyed where it is not altered beyond you ever noticing it was something that you loved A book for everyone that lives You got it

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I ClaudiusClaudius and its seuel Claudius the God are among the most celebrated as well the most gripping historical novels ever writtenCover illustration Brian Pik. 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 spoileralmost hide spoiler