I, Claudius is a novel by English writer Robert Graves, first published in 1934, that deals sympathetically with the life of the Roman Emperor Claudius and cynically with the history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesar's assassination in 44 BC to Caligula's assassination in AD 41. Graves's interpretation of the story owes much to the histories of Tacitus, Plutarch, and (especially) Suetonius. Graves translated Suetonius before writing the novel. Graves continued his tale (from Claudius's accession after Caligula's death to his death in 54, as well as a sequel involving the early life of Herod Agrippa) in Claudius the God (1935). Both books were adapted by the BBC into an award-winning television serial, I, Claudius.
Time Magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.
This book has it all from intrigue, interesting characters, great pace, storyline and yes a whole lot of history. This book is the ultimate revenge of the nerd story. Claudius considered a buffoon and taken advantage his whole life, has the last laugh in the end when he is made emperor of the mightiest nation on Earth! Claudius, born with some physical deformities that hamper his walking, make his mouth dribble at times, and to constantly stutter is considered to be an idiot by most. With Graves … more