I, Claudius by Robert Graves

  • Publisher Penguin Modern Classics
  • ISBN 0141188596
  • Year 2006

Book from ‘La Casa de Robert Graves’ selected for Gran Meliá Victoria Library Collection.

I, Claudius: Bringing to life the subterfuge and double-dealing of Roman nobility, Robert Graves’s I, Claudius brings the ancient world to life with startling clarity and meticulous realism. Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little more than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the intrigues, bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Roman dynasties. In I, Claudius he watches from the sidelines to record the reigns of its emperors: from the wise Augustus and his villainous wife Livia to the sadistic Tiberius and the insane excesses of Caligula. Written in the form of Claudius’ autobiography, this is the first part of Robert Graves’s brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, and stands as one of the most celebrated, gripping historical novels ever written.

La Casa de Robert Graves: British poet and author Robert Graves (1895-1985) lived in Deià, Mallorca, from 1929 until his death. He is buried under a great cypress tree in the lovely churchyard next to the church. His house in Deià was acquired by the Fundació Robert Graves and has been refurbished and adapted for visitors.

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