Claudius the God by Robert Graves

By Robert Graves

Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to turn into, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. the following he recounts his strangely profitable reign: how he cultivates the loyalty of the military and the typical humans to fix the wear and tear because of Caligula; his family members with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of england. however the starting to be paranoia of absolute strength and the infidelity of his promiscuous younger spouse Messalina suggest that his luck won't final eternally. during this moment a part of Robert Graves's fictionalized autobiography, Claudius - wry, rueful, regularly inquisitive - brings to existence essentially the most scandalous and violent instances in heritage.

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