by Robert Graves, Barry Unsworth
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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To give life to the trickery and duplicity of the Roman nobility, Robert Graves of I, Claudius brings the ancient world to life with surprising clarity and meticulous realism.This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Barry Unsworth.Despised for his weakness and considered by his family as a little more than a stupid stuttering, the noble Claude quietly survives the plot, bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial era Roman dynasties.In I, Claudius he looks from the sideline to record the reigns of his emperors: from the mid-Augustus and his ugly wife Livia for the sadistic Tiberian and the mad excess of Caligula.Written in the form of Claudius autobiography, this is the first part of Robert Graves’s first part is brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, and which represents one of the most famous, historical gripping novels ever written.If you liked I, Claudius, you could, like the Tombs of Claudius God suite, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.The first decades of the Roman Empire began to take into account the imaginative and readable nature of the Roman Empire.distinguished, inventive, often comic’ Daily Telegraph A recognized masterpiece and model for historical novelssympathetic and intense involving: a great achievement of the imagination’ Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall
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