I, Claudius

I, Claudius is a novel by Robert Graves, first published in 1934. It is a fictionalized autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius, who reigned from 41 to 54 AD. The novel follows Claudius from his birth in 10 BC to his death in 54 AD, and is narrated in the first person.

The novel begins with Claudius' birth, and his family's attempts to keep him hidden from the public due to his physical disabilities. His family is part of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, and his mother is the daughter of Augustus, the first Roman Emperor. Claudius is often overlooked and ignored by his family, and is seen as a weak and foolish figure.

Claudius is eventually sent to school, where he excels in his studies and is able to overcome his physical disabilities. He is also able to observe the political machinations of his family, and is able to gain insight into the workings of the Roman Empire.

Claudius is eventually married off to a woman named Messalina, who is a cruel and manipulative woman. Claudius is able to survive her schemes and eventually becomes Emperor. He is able to bring stability to the Empire, and is able to make reforms that benefit the people.

Claudius is eventually betrayed by his own family, and is forced to flee Rome. He is able to return to the city and reclaim his throne, but is eventually poisoned by his own wife, Agrippina.

The novel is a fascinating look into the life of a Roman Emperor, and provides insight into the workings of the Roman Empire. It is a gripping story of intrigue, betrayal, and power, and is a must-read for anyone interested in Roman history.