Herod Agrippa was a schoolmate of Claudius and was liked by unwittingly manipulated by his adulterous wife Messalina. Buy a cheap copy of Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina book by Robert Graves. Picking up where the extraordinarily interesting I, Claudius ends. Complete summary of Robert Graves’ Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Claudius the God and.

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Romans could be extremely cruel.

It stands clzudius its own as a good read, but a bit tedious and disappointing when viewed in the shadow of its older sibling. Where the first novel covered the reign of Caesar Augustus as well as those of Tiberius and Caligula, the sequel is longer but mostly restricts itself to the thirteen-year reign of Claudius, the narrator.

Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina

I read this book thinking I would find at least one redeeming quality in Claudius, but I read in vain. The horse signals a change of subject or a movement through its quick canter. This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat Britannicus will lie in wait until flaudius day, at which point he’ll restore the Republic.

He then continues to relate how he managed to clean up the political and financial mess that Caligula left behind and undertook some major works in Rome two aqueducts that doubled the water supply in the city, the draining of a lake, and the harbour o Claudius the God starts where I, Claudius left off, at the scene of the assassination of Caligula.

My granddaughter, quite the little equestrian, could state this better than Hiz can, but she is otherwise engaged at present. Of course I say that about every book. Beautifully written and totally engrossing, hte fiction does not get much better than this.


Speaking of prescience, consider Claudius’s rationale for invading Britain: Growing to fear Clajdius more and more, Tiberius sends a hostile governor, Gnaeus Calpurnius Pisoto spy on Germanicus. This was an engaging novel from the start–humorous, dramatic and skillfully written.

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Makes me wonder if the real Claudius was aware of his dire situation and was behind the household guards revolt. Herod quickly dies a painful death, just as his grandfather had died, imploring Claudius to forgive him and not to trust anyone. Want to Read saving…. This is an extreme example of what jealous immaturity delivers when paired with unchecked ultimate power and responsibility. Unfortunately it’s not in the same class, mainly because it’s not the same type of book.

His wife Messalina is an absolutely horrible person, but so are his other wives and just about every other important woman in both books. I came to Claudius the God at a tough time of my life, and did a poor job of reading this book, rushing through it and having little recollection of chunks of the narration.

And there are lots more generals and lots more mesaslina and killing lists. Robert Graves has written an amazing book based on actual Roman history. Claudius chronicles many incidents and affairs that reflect great research and historical color, but which don’t seem wholly essential to the evolution of the story. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

Herod always finds himself in debts and danger in the East and in Rome. Claudius was not considered a mmessalina unlike a number of his predecessors claudiue successors, even though he completed the annexation of Britain.

What does his report book look like? At the end of I, Claudiusour favorite emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty is hoisted on the shoulders of the Praetorian Guard and finds himself the absolute ruler of the civilized world. I immensely enjoyed the way Robert Graves tbe to incorporate some humor in his writing, without losing historical credibility. He was a hands-on Emperor and sat on the judges’ bench to administer justice. There was a family tree of the Julian family at the front of the book which was messalian big help keeping all the characters straight since a lot of them had the same name.


Dec 14, Darwin8u rated it it was amazing Shelves: Herod Agrippa was so disarmingly charming, it is impossible not to like him despite his ambitions and threat to Claudius’ reign.

It wasn’t a minute too soon either as Claudius discovers Caligula’s papers showing that Claudius kessalina the next to be murdered. While the first book has no real narrative arcthis one is framed by two factors: While in the first book, I never really doubted Claudius’s self-narrated version of events, here I began to suspect that Claudius wasn’t necessarily an entirely reliable narrator.

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Calpurnia, his thd prostitute lover, was more true to him than Messalina ever was. Roman historians accuse Agrippina of poisoning Claudius, but like the turgid descriptions of Messalina’s debauchery, there is reason to be skeptical of these accounts. The Genius of ‘I, Claudius’ and ‘Glaudius the God’ is derived from Graves’ ability to create such an amazingly rich and deep literary character. Another historical novel by Graves, Count Belisariusrecounts the career of the Byzantine general Belisarius.

Claudius eventually dies at the end and there isn’t any reason to continue the story.