Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina

In The Sequel To I, Claudius A Republican Roman Emperor Writes The Story Of His Reign.Men Classed Claudius As A Pitiful Fool But The Reign He Describes Is Far From Folly Reluctantly Launched Into The Purple, He Emerges As A Man Who Erred On The Side Of Good And Credulity It Is The Common People And The Common Soldiers Who Sustain Him In His Efforts To Repair The Damage Of Caligula S Reign, In His Relations With The Jewish King, Herod Agrippa, His Conquest Of Britain, And His Final Reckoning With His Promiscuous Wife, Messalina.In One Of The Finest Historical Reconstructions Of The Century Robert Graves Has Created A Character To Compare With Dostoyevsky S Prince Myshkin.Cover Illustration Brian PikeClaudius the God and His Wife Messalina

Robert von Ranke Graves, born in Wimbledon, received his early education at King s College School and Copthorne Prep School, Wimbledon Charterhouse School and won a scholarship to St John s College, Oxford While at Charterhouse in 1912, he fell in love with G H Johnstone, a boy of fourteen Dick in Goodbye to All That When challenged by the headmaster he defended himself by citing Plat

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  • Robert Graves
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  • 16 April 2017
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10 thoughts on “Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina

  1. says:

    Miracles do happen, ask Claudius, the unread historian, the idiot, the clown, as his family perceives him, the people also, yet becomes Emperor one of the best too of the Roman Empire These events unfold, with the assassination of his mad nephew, Caligula, the Praetorian Guard needs a ruler, or else they become obsolete, no monarch to keep from harm, and will go back to the intolerable barracks Claudius, is found behind a curtain in the palace, shaking than the curtain scared to death, to state it mildly, expects the rampaging soldiers seeking revenge on the escaped assassins, to kill him like so many others, in the aftermath of the butchering of his predecessor At first he refuses the dubious honor, but there is nobody left, and he wants to live, all other obvious candidates have died mostly violently, and plainly unwillingly, but he is from the Imperial family the poor, pathetic creature, the soldiers hoist him on their shoulders, a parade ensues, showing Claudius, to the happy citizens, and proclaim him Caesar The reluctant, amazed Roman Senate not known for bravery, scatters in panic, so does his terrified rivals, the few still insi...

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    Most men it is my experience are neither virtuous nor scoundrels, good hearted nor bad hearted They are a little of one thing and a little of the other and nothing for any length of time ignoble mediocrities Robert Graves, Claudius the God and His Wife MessalinaI, Claudius and Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina are two of the greatest novels of historical fiction EVER Probably the only writers who come close to Grave s mastery of history and literature are in no particular order Gore Vidal Lincoln, Burr, etc , Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and Norman Mailer The Executioner s Song, Harlot s Ghost , John Williams Augustus.Obviously, Shakespeare is the master of historical fiction drama but he is so obviously the deified king of historical fiction that the Shakespearian sun needs no inscription to distinguis...

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    I ve given the sequel to I, Claudius five stars as well and had a good time reading both of these brilliant novels by one of the greatest authors I ve ever read, Robert Graves His brilliance was apparent on each page that I eagerly kept turning How in the world did he manage to make the Rome of Augustus so spellbinding I don t know, but his sense of time and place had me experiencing the whole story as if I were there in person observing everything as it happened.This is the sort of Historical Fiction that I yearn for but is so difficult to find Meet Claudius, the grandson of the murderous psychopath Livia, one of the most evil, historical characters I ve yet to meet Livia is the second wife of Caesar Augustus, who isn t even aware that Livia is the one running the show in ancient Rome Livia doesn t miss a beat when it comes to power Even Cercei in the Game of Thrones series isn t this evil although she runs a close second I admit.Claudius doesn t realize when younger that he s so very lucky to have suffered injuries during his premature birth that make him lame, a stut...

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    I loved the chance to hear the actor Derek Jacobi from the TV production of I, Claudius do the reading of this sequel Unfortunately, I didn t realize the audiobook was an abridged edition of the book until the end That accounts for the disappointing compression in the narratives Still, it was a pleasure to experience highlights in the reign of this survivor of all the murders associated with the succession of his uncle Calligula He succeed by pretending to be an idiot This presented a problem establishing credibility and respect after he assumes leadership of the Roman Empire at its peak.Early in his tenure, we see him coming to terms with having to fight back hard against his enemies It was hard to take his choices to execute some of these adversaries, especially when we learn how gullible Claudius is to manipulation The conquering of a big chunk of tribal England was a fun part of the tale He gets a chance to prove himself as commander in chief by applying his book learning on warfare He calls for a trick of a simulated giant heron to spook sentries in their sneak attack For ...

  5. says:

    ilk kitaptan biraz daha heyecanl yd zellikle kitab n sonuna do ru olaylar epey hareketlendi Yazar n esprili anlat m tarihi olaylar bu kadar g zel ve g ndelik bir olaym gibi anlatmas ve hala ge erlili ini koruyan tespitleri harika.

  6. says:

    Yes, we are all mad, we Emperors We begin sanely, like Augustus and Tiberius and even Caligula though he was an evil character, he was sane at first , and monarchy turns our wits. This book is much tragic than the last Claudius becomes the divine emperor of Rome against all odds and rules for thirteen years While the first book has no real narrative arc, this one is framed by two factors Claudius s love for his young wife, Messalina, and his desire for Rome to return to republican government I thought this was a fairly interesting reading that explains the end of Claudius s reign and the ascendance of Nero, but also wraps up the series on a bittersweet note Messalina s betrayal and Claudius s cynicism create the climax of the book, and his reign then spirals depressingly downward until he s poisoned by Agrippina.Graves does create a plausible explanation for Claudius s marriage to Agrippina, which is something I d categorize under what was Claudius thinking forever view spoiler Claudius s slow turn away from republicanism while expected, if you know anything about the history of Rome is rooted in his cynical and perhaps untrue realization that the People and Senate of Rome deserve the government that they have under the Julio Claudia...

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    review in English below Muito bom Apesar das contrariedades derivadas de falhas na tradu o e ou na revis o alguns exemplos nos updates , a fant stica qualidade desta narrativa n o se perdeu Agradou me imenso o modo como Robert Graves conseguiu incorporar algum humor na sua escrita, sem perder a credibilidade hist rica Imperd vel So good In spite of the annoyance caused by the several mistakes in the t...

  8. says:

    Koliko god da mi se dopada gomiletina istorijskih doga aja koje je Grejvs sjajno poslo io u pregledan timeline, toliko mi nije jasna njegova potreba da u neku ruku amnestira Klaudija, predstavi ga kao sveca, previ e bole ivog na svoje ene, sluge, prijatelje tolika povodljivost, be...

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    3.5 starsSince my college days I didn t know Robert Graves and told myself I wouldn t read him at all due to his formidable writing style as a Greek scholar till I finally decided to try reading his amazing memoir Goodbye to All That from which I regarded as my first step toward his other works Surprisingly, the I read him, the I found his narration informative, rewarding and sometime humorous However, if you re interested in reading this historical novel, you should read his I, Claudius first because this one is its sequel One of the obstacles is that this paperback Penguin, 2006 , I think, is not reader friendly due to its relatively small fonts it s a pity I can t find any information in this volume on the font size used in publishing this book, therefore, the elderly might find reading its 32 chapters, 443 pages probably tedious, invaluable and unamused However, one may wonder how he s miraculously imagined and written on something so ancient that we nowadays simply can t visualize or speak reasonably, let alone descriptively or substantially on a required topic Supported by his powerful description, this excerpt on Britain would, I think, prove his expertise as one of the admirable writers on historical fiction.BRITAIN lies in the northerly position, but the climate, though very damp, is not nearly so cold as one would expect if ...

  10. says:

    As much as I enjoyed I, Claudius, this is like The Godfather, Part II to the earlier book s Godfather. In other words, a much ambitious work, with a broader canvas and spectacular success Perhaps the best example is the treatment of Claudius s friend Herod Agrippa, who is scarcely mentioned in the first novel but who is essentially the co lead for the first two thirds or so of this book This Herod was the grandson of Herod the Great, notorious for the Slaughter of the Innocents in Matthew 2, and cousin of Herod Antipas, who demands a miracle of Jesus in Luke 23 Through Herod, Graves tells much of the story of the Jews under Roman domination, and in a book published in 1935 the account bears irresistible parallels to the subjugation of a later population of Jews one description of a pogrom in Alexandria in particular seems a stunningly prescient forecast of Kristallnacht.Speaking of prescience, consider Claudius s rationale for invading Britain I had other reasons for making war, too The one element in Northern France that was checking the orderly progress of civilization there was the Druidical cult, a magical religion which was still kept alive, in spite of all we could do to discourage or suppress it, by Dr...

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