I, Claudius & Claudius the God by Robert Graves

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A book that should rate leading reviews, and that those who like historical fiction and biography will find worth reading.
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This text re-edits I Claudius and Claudius the God as part of the 21-volume Robert Graves Programme.
 

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Robert Graves was born in 1895 in London and served in World War I. Goodbye to All That: an Autobiography (1929), was published at age thirty three, and gave a gritty portrait of his experiences in the trenches. Graves edited out much of the stark reality of the book when he revised it in 1957. Although his most popular works, I, Claudius (1934) and its sequel, Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina (1935), were produced for television by the BBC in 1976 and seen in America on Masterpiece Theater, he was also famous as a poet, producing more than 50 volumes of poetry. Also a distinguished academic, Graves was a professor of English in Cairo, Egypt, in 1926, a poetry professor at Oxford in the 1960s, and a visiting lecturer at universities in England and the U.S. He wrote translations of Greek and Latin works, literary criticism, and nonfiction works on many other topics, including mythology and poetry. He lived most of his life in Majorca, Spain, and died after a protracted illness in 1985.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Carcanet Press Ltd.. 356 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2008

A book that should rate leading reviews, and that those who like historical fiction and biography will find worth reading.

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Reviewed by Peter Kelton on Mar 18 2010

The complexities of the Roman political system and a cast of thousands is rendered into a gripping and readable story, according to Classical Books.

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Reviewed by Pereka on Jan 01 2012

Throughout, I had trouble deciding whether Claudius was in fact an idiot or not.

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Reviewed by McElroy on Jan 01 2012

The novel gives a lot of insight into the intrigue and action surrounding the first few years of the Roman Empire. 

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Reviewed by J. Golomb on Jan 01 2012

I, Claudius is beautifully written, and creatively conveys the nature of lives lived in near omnipotence, as well as fear and paranoia.

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