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I, Claudius (1976 film)

I, Claudius (1934) is a novel by English writer Robert Graves, written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius. As such, it includes history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesar's assassination in 44 BC to Caligula's assassination in AD 41. The 'autobiography' of Claudius continues (from Claudius's accession after Caligula's death to his death in 54) in Claudius the God (1935). The sequel also includes a section written as an autobiography of Herod Agrippa, contemporary of Claudius and future King of the Jews. The two books were adapted by the BBC into an award-winning television serial, I, Claudius. (from wikipedia.org)


I, Claudius is a 1976 BBC TV adaptation of Robert Graves' books - I, Claudius and Claudius, the God. The TV mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 BC) to Claudius' own death in 54 AD.

Episode 01 - A Touch of Murder
This episode takes place in Rome in 24 BC. It is seven years since the battle of Actium and three years since the Roman Senate acclaimed Octavian as Emperor.

Episode 02 - Waiting in the Wings
This episode takes place between 2 BC and 4 AD. Tiberius is living on Rhodes in the eastern Mediterranean while Julia is alone and 'active' in Rome.

Episode 03 - What Shall We Do About Claudius?
This episode takes place between 4 AD and 10 AD. It opens with a tipsy Claudius remembering a family dinner. Everyone except Castor is there.

Episode 04 - Poison is Queen
This episode takes place in 14 AD. It opens with Claudius rummaging through a barrel of old documents and finding Augustus' last will.

Episode 05 - Some Justice
This episode takes place in 19 AD. Tiberius has been Emperor for five years. It opens with Claudius in the privy, remembering the death of his brother.

Episode 06 - Queen of Heaven
This episode takes place in 26 AD. Tiberius is now in his late sixties and unloved by the people in spite of his efforts for Rome.

Episode 07 - Reign of Terror
This episode takes place between 29 and 31 AD. Tiberius is now in his seventies and, tired of the constant criticisms of the Senate and the people.

Episode 08 - Zeus, by Jove!
This episode takes place in 37 AD. Tiberius is on his deathbed. Macro listens for a heartbeat and, removing the Imperial ring to give to Caligula, pronounces him dead.

Episode 09 - Hail Who?
This episode takes place in 40 and 41 AD. Claudius is in disfavor now and living out in town with Calpurnia, his mistress.

Episode 10 - Fool's Luck
This episode takes place in 41 to 43 AD. Claudius has now been proclaimed Emperor by the Praetorian Guard.

Episode 11 - A God in Colchester
This episode takes place from 43 to 48 AD. It opens with Claudius absent from Rome undertaking the permanent conquest of Britain.

Episode 12 - Old King Log
This episode takes place from 48 to 54 AD. It opens with Claudius now dead and Nero and Agrippina searching for the will (to ensure that Nero will inherit rather than Britannicus).


Related Links
I, Claudius - Wikipedia
I, Claudius (1934) is a novel by English writer Robert Graves, written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius.
Claudius - Wikipedia
Claudius (10 BC-AD 54) was Roman emperor from 41 to 54. A member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, he was the son of Drusus and Antonia Minor.
The Roman Empire in the First Century
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