With the same brilliance that characterized his classic I, Claudius, Robert Graves continues the tumultuous life of the Roman who became emperor in spite of himself and his handicaps. Claudius the God reveals the splendor, vitality, and decadence of the Roman Empire through the eyes of the wry and bemused Claudius, who reigns as emperor for 13 years.
The crippled Claudius describes himself as the fool of the royal family, whom none of his ambitious and blood-thirsty relatives considered worth the trouble of killing. Once on the throne, however, he finds himself at last at the center of the political maelstrom.
©1962 Robert Graves; (P)1998 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Mr. Graves has written a novel that is at once interesting as history imaginatively rekindled and as a parable that has its modern applications." (Current History)
"This book, with or without its predecessor [I, Claudius], is amusing and illuminating to a high degree." (The New York Times)
Frederick Davidson was off putting to me in the sample audio but he is an amazing reader, especially at putting personality into the characters. His Herod Agrippa alone is worth the price of admission. This is the way to learn history.
It is important to listen to the predecessor, I Claudius.The narration is very well done and picks up right where I Claudius left off. Every now and then the story would bog down but overall, it was very interesting.
Fantastic writing about the life of one of the Good "Claudians". Written in the first person an beautifully written and narrated. One of my favorite historical novels, Read in order first "I Claudius" then "Claudius the God" If you enjoy stories about ancient Rome, you'll enjoy these. Make sure you check the free listen, (some people have a problem with the English accent of Frederick Davidson) I do not and enjoy every thing he narrates. (along the lines of John Lee) I have listened to many times and enjoyed always. (my opinion)
This was the most boring book I have ever listened to. I made myself finish it to wait for it to get anywhere near interesting but to no avail. If you are passionate about Greek history then this might be for you, but it reads like a history book.
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