Learn and like it. I, Claudius is a fine piece of historical fiction, in which the characters and events are historically accurate. Claudius begins life as an unwanted, physically impaired child of the royal family, who becomes emperor rather unexpectedly. Robert Graves uses a fictional autobiography of Claudius as a device to allow Claudius' story to be told in the first person, and does so well. Frederick Davidson's narration gives voice to Claudius which entirely suits the character: clever, kind, and at times even amused by the turmoil that surrounds him.
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