one of the best historical novels i've ever read. robert graves is a master with this genre. he slao wrote a follow up book that wasa not as good.
if you keep looking,one day PBS will re-run the series, I,Claudius. it was run in the days before we could tape things, watch it, the acting is terrific.
One of the best historical fictions I have ever read
I just could not get into the I, Claudius mini series but the book took me back to a Rome so unpredictable and strange that I doubt if I could have survived. Claudius survives bloody Rome and its mad, vindictive leaders by hiding beneath his limp, stammer and the image his family and acquaintances have cast upon him. The butt of jokes everywhere, he buries himself in nonpolitical historical research and writes books about what he discovers while his friends and family members are murdered and/or exiled. I truly believe that this is a book everyone should take time to read.
The uncle of the psychopathic and frightening Roman Emperor Caligula, Claudius was 'elected' by Roman soldiers after they (at last) murdered Caligula - who was that time's Idi Amin. Only far worse.
Cladius didn't want to be Emperor and tried to hide, but his terror of the soldiers' rage was greater than his fear of the spotlight, and her served modestly and well until the end of his life. His story illuminates the the life of a man who was unprepared to rule but did an admirable job and was loved by his people. The PBS series was as excellent as Graves book.