With all those batshit crazy people running the show, I wonder why it took Rome another 500 years to fall?
Still, this was fun to read while in Rome, imaging Claudius and company in the Forum, etc.
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed some of this, and other parts I thought really slogged and bogged. It's certainly precisely written, and really clever. Claudius is definitely a fully realized character, and his view point is humorous and wry.
It's #14 on Modern Library's 100 best novels, which I don't understand - I didn't think it was that good. I was visiting Rome while reading the novel, which did lend the book some local flavor; the ghost of Augustus (his will to power?) still floats over Rome and Italy to this day - SPQR.
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