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I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of…
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I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C.,… (urspr publ 1934; utgåvan 1989)

av Robert Graves

Serier: Claudius (1)

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Based on the life of Claudius, Emperor of Rome.
Medlem:liber_scriptus
Titel:I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 (Vintage Internati
Författare:Robert Graves
Info:Vintage (1989), Paperback, 468 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Jag, Claudius av Robert Graves (1934)

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    Hadrianus minnen av Marguerite Yourcenar (bertilak)
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    Julian av Gore Vidal (CurrerBell)
    CurrerBell: Both classical Roman subjects, and they share the style of an "autobiographical novel."
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    Quo vadis av Henryk Sienkiewicz (sirparsifal)
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    Homeros' dotter : Roman av Robert Graves (longway)
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    Augustus : en biografi av Adrian Goldsworthy (CurrerBell)
    CurrerBell: I, Claudius can be at times be a bit weird (maybe "overly romanticized" would be a better description). Goldsworthy's biography can be a good corrective, at least for the first half of I, Claudius (the portion dealing with the lifetime of Augustus), and definitely presents a different (and probably much more balanced) image of Livia, the long-time wife of Augustus.… (mer)
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    Augustus av John Edward Williams (rahkan)
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    Annaler av P. Cornelius Tacitus (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Non-fiction view into the same period, and a probable reference for Mr. Graves.
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    Salammbô av Gustave Flaubert (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Historical fiction set in the Classical Mediterranean
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    Sinuhe, egyptiern av Mika Waltari (mcenroeucsb)
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    An Imperial Possession: Britain in the Roman Empire, 54 BC - AD 409 av David Mattingly (John_Vaughan)
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    Hannibal : Karthagos stolthet : roman av David Anthony Durham (mcenroeucsb)
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    Empire av Steven Saylor (JGolomb)
    JGolomb: "I, Claudius" is the standard bearer for Imperial Roman fiction. It's more richly detailed and emotional than Saylor, but comparable it's broad historical scope.
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    I, Claudius [1976 TV miniseries] av Herbert Wise (longway)
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When released in 1934 it was a reimagined and groundbreaking way to present Roman history, with a historical figure narrating his own tale.

While Claudius is the narrator, from the beginning the story has an almost total focus on Livia as the grand mover behind everything in the Julio-Claudian family, including directing all of Augustus' actions. While this view does draw on the available historical evidence, it's a rather narrow view when seen through 21st century eyes.

Abridged audiobook (2007 CSA Word version) read by Derek Jacobi:

The book is read well by Derek Jacobi, who is very familiar with the story having played the role of Claudius on both television and radio.

This is an older style of audiobook where musical interludes are inserted as chapter breaks. The musical interlude is from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which makes it an additionally anachronistic interruption. ( )
  rakerman | Sep 11, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this read, though I'll admit I wasn't sure where to put it at first. In contrast to novels where the protagonist is an active participant in the story, Claudius the historian is an observer and therefore the story is characterized with a distinct objectivity. His quiet narration of the turbulent political and familial events around him is almost ironic, and the juxtaposition is rather liberating. Free from being caught up in the passions and plots, the reader is able to better contemplate themes of free will, the truth of history, and the role of women in ancient Roman culture.

I am curious to see what the partner book will feel like, and how becoming a central figure in the action will change the tone of the story. ( )
  dowswell | Jul 25, 2021 |
I've tried this more than once over the years, and each time I get a little farther, but it's more grim determination than enjoyment. It's an admirable achievement of its kind, and Claudius is a likable narrator and guide, explaining patiently the complexities, backstabbing, plotting, manipulation, and cold-blooded murders of kith and kin... but it *is* explaining and describing, and it just never quite comes to life enough to engage me. Oh well. Too many books, too little time. ( )
  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
I picked up I Claudius and Claudius the God, because I remembered really liking the BBC Series, which we watched in Latin Class. I approached the first book with some caution, not sure if they would live up to the TV series, after all, these books were written almost 80 years ago. I was not disappointed. They're great. Really great. It is written in a manner that projects a lot of authenticity, yet very pleasant to read.

'I Claudius' deals with Claudius' childhood up until Caligula's assassination, in the form of an autobiography. 'Claudius the God' describes Claudius' life as emperor of Rome until his death.

It's obvious that Graves knows his stuff and that he has done a lot of research. Granted, he does portray some of the wild stories that Suetonius and the like wrote about as being true, and most historians will tell you to take this with a pinch of salt. But hey, I remember loving those stories in my Latin classes, the crazier the better. I adored Caligula, he was just awesome. Horse elected senator, war against Neptune, oh man. Good stuff.

So many times while reading these, I came upon facts, or names or whatever and I would have an 'ohhhh yeah!' moment and remember things that I'd been taught years ago. These two books are a must-read for people who are interested in Roman stuff. Graves does tend to go into a lot of detail, so make sure you're a total geek before you start. Myself, nine times out of ten, I was very interested. And there's always epic battles, murder, deceit, banishment and adultery to mix things up.

Personally, I enjoyed the first book a little more than the second one, but that might be because the first one has historical V.I.P.'s such as Caligula and Augustus (who is, by the way, probably a little slower and a little more pussywhipped than the real Augustus was), but they are both still very much recommended. By me. ( )
1 rösta superpeer | Feb 1, 2021 |
I, Claudius is an utterly unputdownable historical fiction about Imperial Ancient Rome in all its political gore and glory. Packed with political machinations and scheming straight from the (fictional) autobiography written by Roman Emperor Claudius, the famed The Idiot/Roman mythology's Vulcan, this novel is engrossingly twisty and sneaky. More than a telling of his life and his absurdly incidental nomination to power—with a feign of stupidity used as one of his advantages—this also covers Augustus, Tiberius, and Caligula's reign. To say the manipulations and betrayals are driven by personal interests alone is only dust on the surface. The insistence of these plots necessary for the good of the Roman Empire reexamines the characters' actions and decisions. Graves' I, Claudius has no pause for any dry or dull moment either; everything is written in exact humour and wit. And due to the superb quality of the novel, there are times when its historical inaccuracies become incontestable and difficult to separate from the historical truths of one of the most sweeping and influential civilisations of humankind. Sumptuously controversial and pleasurably conniving, how there is brutality, horror, and greed in such an advance culture also absolutely magnifies society's glaring regressions and stagnancies. And by god, it's not in any way shocking at all but still a note to take: the senators then haven't got a hair's width of difference with the senators of today. You kind of wish we still have the Stairs of Mourning. ( )
  lethalmauve | Jan 25, 2021 |
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It is not enough for us to form any judgment of his merits as a historian or his qualities as a stylist. It is Graves that gives him a voice, and what a voice it is, garrulous, digressive, spiced with gossip and scandal, at the same time strangely dispassionate and sober. There is a range of tone here that enables Claudius, in his persona as professional historian, to deal with matters widely diverse, to be equally convincing whether talking about the waste and excess of military triumphs, the fate of Varus and his regiments in the forests of Germany, or the endless intriguing for power and influence among the members of the imperial family.
tillagd av SnootyBaronet | ändraThe Guardian, Barry Unsworth
 
Supuesta "autobiografía" de Claudio, singular emperador romano predestinado a serlo a pesar de que sus deseos fueran por otros caminos. Graves dibuja sin concesiones un espeluznante retrato sobre la depravación, las sangrientas purgas y las intrigas cainitas llevadas hasta el crimen durante los reinados de Augusto y Tiberio. Pero Yo, Claudio es también Calígula y su etapa sádica, Mesalina, Livia y, cómo no, Roma, un decorado único para esta trama argumental apasionante que se llevó a la pequeña pantalla con rotundo éxito.
tillagd av Pakoniet | ändraLecturalia
 

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. . . A story that was the subject of every variety of misrepresentation, not only by those who then lived but likewise in succeeding times: so true is it that all transactions of pre-eminent importance are wrapt in doubt and obscurity; while some hold for certain facts the most precarious hearsays, others turn facts into falsehood; and both are exaggerated by posterity.

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I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as "Claudius the Idiot", or "That Claudius", or "Claudius the Stammerer", or "Clau-Clau-Claudius" or at best as "Poor Uncle Claudius", am now about to write this strange history of my life; starting from my earliest childhood and continuing year by year until I reach the fateful point of change where, some eight years ago, at the age of fifty-one, I suddenly found myself caught in what I may call the "golden predicament" from which I have never since become disentangled.
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You refuse to see that one can no more reintroduce republican government at this stage than one can reimpose primitive feelings of chastity on modern wives and husbands. It's like trying to turn the shadow back on a sundial: it can't be done.
Tiberius will make him his successor. No question of it. Why? Because Tiberius is like that. He has the same vanity as poor Augustus had: he can't bear the idea of a successor who will be more popular than himself. But at the same time he does all he can to make himself hated and feared. So, when he feels that his time's nearly up, he'll search for someone just a little worse than himself to succeed him. And he'll find Caligula.
Germanicus has told me about you. He says that you are loyal to three things—to your friends, to Rome, and to the truth. I would be very proud if Germanicus thought the same of me.
To recommend a monarchy on account of the prosperity it gives the provinces seems to me like recommending that a man should have liberty to treat his children as slaves, if at the same time he treats his slaves with reasonable consideration.
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