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by Robert GRAVES

  • Author: Robert GRAVES
  • ISBN: 0416000908
  • ISBN13: 978-0416000900
  • ePub: 1277 kb | FB2: 1346 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: British & Irish
  • Publisher: Methuen; New edition edition (1977)
  • Pages: 460
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 433
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I, Claudius ePub download

156 quotes from Robert Graves: 'To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession. What nonsense! But at least I'll be able to make people read my books now. ― Robert Graves, I, Claudius.

156 quotes from Robert Graves: 'To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession. 'There's no money in poetry, but there's no poetry in money, either. and 'When the immense drugged universe explodes In a cascade of unendurable colour And leaves us gasping naked, This is no more than the ectasy of chaos: Hold fast, with both hands, to that royal love Which alone, as we know certainly, restores Fragmentation into true being. tags: books, claudius, emperor, robert-graves, roman.

Graves's legendary tale of Claudius, a nobleman in the corrupt and cruel world of ancient Rome during the rule of Augustus, Tiberius and Caligula, is a truly compelling listening experience.

by. Robert Graves (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Graves's legendary tale of Claudius, a nobleman in the corrupt and cruel world of ancient Rome during the rule of Augustus, Tiberius and Caligula, is a truly compelling listening experience. Derek Jacobi returns to the role that defined his career when he starred in the 1976 Masterpiece Theatre miniseries I, Claudius. Jacobi is so strong in this role, it seems created especially for him.

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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't.

I, Claudius is a historical novel by English writer Robert Graves, first published in 1934

I, Claudius is a historical novel by English writer Robert Graves, first published in 1934.

Claudius, the God" continues Robert Graves' story of the Emperor Claudius beginning just after he is crowned emperor and continues to his death. It is, like the prior book "I, Claudius", a first. Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and was seriously wounded at the Battle of the Somme. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic.

The decadent and brutal Rome that Robert Graves portrays in his books on the Emperor Claudius owes less to what we know of history than the author's talent for fictional recreation. The decadent and brutal Rome that Robert Graves portrays in his books on the Emperor Claudius owes less to what we know of history than the author's talent for fictional recreation. Sat 2 Sep 2006 1. 2 EDT First published on Sat 2 Sep 2006 1. 2 EDT.

Bringing to life the intrigue of ancient Rome, Robert Graves's I, Claudius is one of the most celebrated, gripping historical novels ever written

Bringing to life the intrigue of ancient Rome, Robert Graves's I, Claudius is one of the most celebrated, gripping historical novels ever written. Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little more than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the 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.

Arguably the great historical novel of the 20th century. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 15 years ago. This novel by Robert Graves represents the supreme instance in the twentieth century to write a literarily serious historical novel.

Erthai
I'm not a scholar. I don't consider myself to be super-intellectual. I started reading 12 Caesars because I love history and it sounded fascinating. I admit, however, the way it is formatted made it hard for me to enjoy and sometimes follow. I mentioned it to my friend who IS amazingly smart and well-versed in pretty much everything and he suggested I might enjoy I, Claudius since it is fiction based on the 12 Caesars and more readable (for me). I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was riveting and thought provoking. I learned more about ancient Roman culture and history and made some connections I hadn't made before about other ancient cultures of that time period. This book made me feel as if I was watching the story unfold right there. Now I do realize this is fiction and am always careful to take that into consideration, but from what I've read about the author, it seems he went to great effort to base it on as much historical supporting evidence that's available. I believe he probably closely created a book based in that time period as possible. It feels authentic (again, not a scholar nor a historian so I can only report my impressions). I definitely recommend it for any history buff. It was great and I'm just starting the next book that continues the story.
Juce
What is it about the Romans and their history that makes reading a book about their lives not only educational, but also very entertaining? I suppose a lot of it has to do with the people themselves. With all the intrigue, scheming, conspiracy and illicit affairs going on you tend to forget that these people actually existed in real-life and are not just characters you could easily find in a modern day soap opera. It’s thoughts such as these that ran through my mind as I read Robert Graves’ I, Claudius.

While you did get all the intrigue surrounding Claudius, it wasn’t at the expense of the quality of information in this “autobiography” by Claudius. This book may be about Claudius’ life and his account of the major events and people in his life, but the wealth of information about Roman life is impressive. Through Claudius, Graves provided details of what happened behind the scenes of the Senate and the various Emperors that have reign during his life. You get insight into the culture and political scene of the times. Reading Claudius’ narrative, I was really drawn into the intricate web of lies and conspiracies that were prevalent and by those who were the main perpetrators such as Livia, Claudius’ grandmother. While this is a historical account of Claudius’ time, you never get the sense that you’re reading a history book. Having the book be an “autobiography” of Claudius’ enable Graves to tell historical events as if Claudius was telling a story. It prevented the book from having a stale and monotonous tone which would’ve made it difficult for me to keep my attention.

I appreciated the depth of information involved in this book. You can tell that time and research went into putting this book together. 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. With all the scheming and determined cast of characters, it’s easy to forget these are actual historical figures. I suppose it’s easy to read books such as these when those involved do things that make it difficult for you to turn away.
Nicanagy
Robert Graves has written an amazing book based on actual Roman history. Most of the book focuses on Augustus, Tiberius, and the last part on Caligula. They also mention Germanicus, Drussus, Livia, and the horrors Claudius experience growing up. You can say Claudius was a victim of child abuse, not sexual, but psychological. Imagine having a grandmother yelling "he should have been exposed," meaning, they should have left the baby in the middle of the woods for him to die of hunger or get eaten by animals. Romans could be extremely cruel.

[SPOILER ALERT]

Consider Livia's justification for her actions. She says she did everything for the sake of the Empire and not herself, yet by doing all those awful things, all those poisonings, she fears eternal damnation in hell, which is why he wants Claudius to make her a God someday, so she won't go to hell. Wouldn't it be better to live a virtuous life instead?

Of course, you do get to understand her point of view when she explains that it was her husband who murdered his father, during the Augustan proscriptions, and she never forgot she was her father's daughter, so maybe she wanted revenge. Either way, it felt good when she made peace with Claudius, Livia was horrible to Claudius for most of his life, with the exception of his mother who never had a kind word to say to his son, even when she announced her suicide, she never said "I love you." Instead, she regretted that all her perfect children are dead, murdered by Tiberius, and only Claudius the idiot has survived. Of Claudius she said that nothing can take him down.

I also like Claudius favorite prostitute, a woman who is kind, wise, and better than the backstabbing nobility. A woman who insists on getting paid in cash instead of gifts. Gifts after all attract attention while cash is easy to hide. I also like the advice Claudius got, about pretending to be an idiot and exaggerating his stammer to avoid being murdered.
roternow
This was an engaging novel from the start--humorous, dramatic and skillfully written. Despite the long list of historical characters living out their lives in these pages, the story is easy to follow. From the witty narrator who hides his intelligence behind a stutter, to an assortment of unscrupulous schemers, power-mad emperors and doomed heros--Graves' cast of vibrant characters are certainly memorable. For anyone interested in the period after fall of the Roman Republic, or just in an engrossing read full of rich and interesting characters, I would highly recommend this book.
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