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Claudius the God

Claudius the God

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Robert Graves’ stand-alone sequel to I, Claudius poses significant philosophical and sociological questions about power and people. As Rome begins its inevitable decline, the stuttering, crippled, bookish nobleman Claudius has somehow survived the purges and achieved the throne. Told in the style of a secret diary, Claudius the God chronicles

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Robert Graves’ stand-alone sequel to I, Claudius poses significant philosophical and sociological questions about power and people. As Rome begins its inevitable decline, the stuttering, crippled, bookish nobleman Claudius has somehow survived the purges and achieved the throne. Told in the style of a secret diary, Claudius the God chronicles his experiences as a ruler, his musings on philosophical matters regarding the governance of Rome, and the nature of managing a general populous. Raising intelligent and thought-provoking issues, the likeable yet formidable Claudius reflects on whether his society would benefit from practices such as free rule and the possibilities of reviving the Republic. Peopled by compelling historical figures such as his wife, the debauched Empress Messalina; the scheming, roguish Herod Agrippa; and the devious Empress Livia, Claudius the God combines first-rate historical fiction with a timely discussion of the virtues of freedom versus the stability of centralized government.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934997291
Publisher:
CSA Word
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Series:
I, Claudius
Edition description:
Abridged Edition
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
874,187
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ranke Graves (1895-1985) was a British poet, novelist, and critic. He is best known for the historical novel I, Claudius and the critical study of myth and poetry The White Goddess. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic. He also translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius for the Penguin Classics, and compiled the first modern dictionary of Greek Mythology, The Greek Myths. His translation of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (with Omar Ali-Shah) is also published in Penguin. Barry Unsworth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and holds an honorary doctorate from Manchester University. He is the author of 15 novels, among them 'Sacred Hunger', which won the 1992 Booker Prize. 'Pascali's Island' (1980) and 'Morality Play' (1995) were shortlisted for the same prize. His most recent novel 'The Ruby in Her Navel' is due for publication in 2006. He lives in Italy.

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