Claudius the God: And His Wife Messalina

Claudius the God: And His Wife Messalina

by Robert Graves

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Robert Graves begins anew the tumultuous life of the Roman who became emporer in spite of himself. Captures the vitality, splendor, and decadence of the Roman world at the point of its decline.

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ISBN-13: 9780679725732
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1989
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Vintage international ed
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 151,195
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

Robert Graves (1895–1985) was a poet, novelist, and critic. His first volume of poems, Over the Brazier (1916), reflects his experiences in the trenches, and was followed by many works of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. He is best known for his novel, I, Claudius (1934), which won the Hawthornden and James Tait Black Memorial prizes, and for his influential The White Goddess (1948).

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Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second volume to Robert Graves' best fictional work, 'I, Claudius.' A convincing portrayal of what life was like at the core of the early Roman empire. While the first novel dealt with Claudius' childhood through the reign of Caligula, the sequel starts during his own reign until his death. Graves masterfully develops the character of Claudius as he ponders his life and impresses his thoughts on to his 'autobiography.' The reader is then taken through the ambitions and palatial intrigues of his reign. Finding himself with a dwindling circle of friends and in the company of a devious young wife, Messalina,Claudius reflects on the persons and events under his rule with wit and humor. With his honest account and self-criticism, Claudius is soon appreciated by the reader as having a keen intellect as opposed to being dull and slow of wit. His desire for truth and his loathing of the imperial struggle are other narrative elements giving his story clarity and impartiality. All of the characters are well developed; their actions and motivations all come to light in the course of the story. Along with Gore Vidal's 'Julian' this is one of the greatest works in historical fiction in this genre or any genre. A must read for anyone who enjoys history or just a good story full of intrigue and suspense.
csleh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book. Regularly re-read this and the first book, I Claudius.
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EugeneTX More than 1 year ago
This is a sequel to his other book and is absolutely outstanding in every respect. If you do not know the history of Rome, you will find that this is an excellent stand alone story about one man's life, which will stimulate almost anyone with a brain into reading the rest of the story. I strongly and highly recommend that one obtain the BBC's DVD set, I Claudius, to accompany your reading. It matters not which comes first, you will find yourself re-reading the book and watching the DVD over and over. This is a book and movie for the ages. It covers essentially the Roman Emporers from Augustus through Claudius with a lot of detail on the making and unmaking of rulers within the family. It discusses the personal obstacles that he had to face and overcome before his selection, by the guards, as Emporer. It covers segments of Rome's involvement with Britain and the Middle East, specifically the latin provinces of Palestine 1 and 2. This is a do not miss book and DVD. You will love your purchase. This is a true case of a reluctant leader who may have been the very best they had.
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