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I Claudius Robert Graves - [Free] I Claudius Robert Graves [PDF] [EPUB] Claudius (Robert Graves Book 1) eBook: Robert Graves. Read “I, Claudius”, by Robert Graves online on Bookmate – Once a rather bookish young man with a limp and a stammer, a man who spent most of his time . From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C. Murdered and Deified ===ROBERT GRAVES () was an English poet, translator, and.
In the midst of this, Claudius is informed that Postumus is alive and secretly forming a resistance group to take back his rightful place in Rome. Log in. Claudius establishes himself as the author of this history of his family and insists on writing the truth, which includes harsh criticism of the deified Augustus and especially Livia. Jacobi is so strong in this role, it seems created especially for him. The Guards, needing an Emperor to be employed, bemusedly declare Claudius Emperor.
Related books All. Robert Nichols Albatross. On the bookshelves All. Derecho romano. Ancient Rome. Impressions All. Sign in or Register. Like Comment Share. The madness having reached a tempest is finally quelled by Cassius Chaerea who kills Caligula, along with his wife and daughter.
Claudius horrified, hides behind a curtain and is discovered by a disgruntled Praetorian Guard. The Guards, needing an Emperor to be employed, bemusedly declare Claudius Emperor. Claudius pleads that he does not want to be an Emperor and wants the Republic restored but the Guards ignore him. Claudius sadly accepts for the sake of his wife and unborn child and on a whim thinks that as Emperor he will finally have people read his books.
The story begins with an apology by Claudius for having ended his first history on a dramatic point and continues with a brief history of his friend Herod Agrippa. Herod Agrippa was a schoolmate of Claudius and was liked by Claudius' mother Antonia. Herod always finds himself in debts and danger in the East and in Rome. He eventually gains the favour of Caligula and is made King of Bashan.
Herod is in Rome when the assassination of Caligula happens and quickly is able to convince Claudius to accept being Emperor to avoid civil war. Claudius reluctantly executes Cassius Chaerea and several of the assassins and begins tirelessly working for the sake of Rome. He applies himself to the law courts and demonstrates his intelligence in being able to locate one of Augustus' lost Eagles.
Claudius also begins work on building a harbour in Ostia to help preserve the Roman food supply. Claudius is also able to quell two mutinies and conquers Britain. Herod Agrippa conspires to take over the East as he regards himself as the Messiah.
When he announces this he breaks the first commandment by declaring himself as a god. Herod quickly dies a painful death, just as his grandfather had died, imploring Claudius to forgive him and not to trust anyone. 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. She eventually conspires to usurp the monarchy with her lover Gaius Silius.
Claudius is distraught and crushed by such news and is given an "Olympian Mixture" in order to manage through the ordeal. Claudius arrests Silius and the leaders of the coup. Messalina is executed without Claudius's consent and Claudius has no reaction during his "Olympian" state, and even bemusedly jokes about being worshipped as a god in Britain. On being relieved of the "Olympian Mixture" Claudius is crushed and decides that the only way the Republic can be restored is by having a true mad monarch rather than the reign of a benevolent one.
Comparing himself to the fable of the frogs who desired a King, Claudius privately refers to himself as "Old King Log" and plays a weak and easily manipulated fool.
He then incestuously marries his niece Agrippinilla whom he openly despises. In feeble old age Claudius excessively enjoys gladiatorial games is often intoxicated and makes himself oblivious to Agrippinilla's schemes to gain power and make her son Nero Emperor.
Claudius, foreseeing that Nero will be a terrible ruler, plans on having his son Britannicus removed to live with the Northern Britons and later to return as Rome's saviour. Britannicus refuses and admits that while he loves the Republic, the Republic is dead and he wants to challenge Nero for the right to rule Rome as an Emperor. Dismayed, Claudius agrees, knowing that he is sending his son to his death. Claudius resignedly accepts that his death will be soon with numerous signs suggesting such.
The I, Claudius novels, as they are called collectively, became massively popular when first published in and gained literary recognition with the award of the James Tait Black Prize for fiction. Graves later claimed that they were written only from financial need on a strict deadline.
Nonetheless, they are today regarded as pioneering masterpieces of historical fiction. When the time came to translate the novels into German, Graves, who spoke the language, decided instead to rework them into a one volume edition. He collaborated with translator Hans Rothe and they jointly produced a shortened edition which left out the many digressions which were incorporated into the English original, with the aim of presenting Claudius' story in a clearer and more effective way.
The contents of the books were thus roughly cut down to a half. In , abortive attempts were made to adapt the first book into a film by the film director Josef von Sternberg. Filming was abandoned after Oberon was injured in a serious motor car accident.
In , it was reported that Relativity Media had obtained the rights to produce a new film adaptation of I, Claudius. Jim Sheridan was named as director.
It won the Audie Award in the "Audio Dramatization" category.
The novel has also been adapted for theatre. Several audio recordings of the novel have been produced. Derek Jacobi performed two separate readings of the novel, both as abridged versions, one for Dove Audio and one for CSA Word Frederick Davidson performed an unabridged reading for Blackstone Audio In , software developer C.
Silverio noted that several long passages of the novel The Manchurian Candidate seemed to be adapted from Robert Graves' novel. But for the most part, writers in the latter half of the nineteenth century and all of the twentieth century have forsaken historical fiction to write in the present tense, or at the latest of their childhood, as with Marcel Proust or Anthony Powell or Harper Lee.
Graves was a passionate student of antiquity, both the Greeks and the Romans, and his goal in writing I, CLAUDIUS was to chronicle the period in Roman history immediately after the collapse of the republic and near the beginning of the rule of the Caesars.
On the one hand, he wanted to adhere as closely to the documentary evidence for the events in the period as is compatible with a work of fiction, and on the other produced a first rate historical novel.
He succeeds splendidly on both counts. His history is not pristine, but it is very close, with imaginative additions only for the sake of making sense of the narrative. The historical details are sufficiently solid and comprehensive for this novel to serve an excellent introduction to the early days of Imperial Rome. In order to tell his story of Imperial Rome, Graves chooses as his narrator and eyewitnesses none other than the future emperor Claudius, once considered to be one of the weakest and most inept of the early Roman emperors, if also the least corrupt and ruthless.
In the early 20th century several historians of Ancient Rome began revising their assessment of Claudius, not least the great Italian classicist who relocated to England and America Arnaldo Momigliano. Following the lead of these scholars, Graves presents Claudius as a cautious, sagacious, humble, unambitious, and scholarly soul, one who is simultaneously a gifted survivor and a closeted adherent to republican values.
Though a stutterer and physically deficient, Grave's Claudius is a highly eloquent and intelligent observer of his world, a sage analyst of the personalities populating his Rome, and a gifted student of human nature. He also emerges as a highly likable and even admirable soul.
One of the great achievements of Graves's novel has been to re-enforce on the popular level that reassessment of Claudius undertaken by the scholars mentioned above.