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I, Claudius (Turtleback School & Library)
I, Claudius (Turtleback School & Library) | Robert Graves
Considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and the Mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D. A masterpiece.
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twohectobooks
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This is way up high on my #modernlibrarytop100 list but is mostly pure fun. Claudius is a fun and not completely reliable narrator of his own rise to the position of Roman emperor. I think at its core it wants to make the reader think about history, the people who populate it, and how their stories are told. I‘ll definitely be reading more Robert Graves.

sarahnicoloff I read Robert Graves Greek Myths not too long ago and loved it. 1mo
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twohectobooks
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That‘s just, like, your interpretation, Caligula.

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twohectobooks
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On August 24 I noticed the first yellow leaves on the tree outside my front window. Less than a month later, they‘ve fully changed colour and at least 30% have fallen off. I love fall, but it‘s a tough transition every year, knowing how cold and long winter tends to be in Saskatchewan.

Tamra Yes, fall is incredibly short. 😫 3mo
Kimberlone We got termination dust in the mountains where I live today so winter really is right around the corner! 3mo
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Mtroiano
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There‘s a little used bookstore here that I always make sure to visit while I‘m here. 🏝

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Lcsmcat
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I really enjoyed this. The book is so much better than the BBC production. And I discovered that Graves is better known as a poet, so now I need to look up some of his poetry. #100essentialnovels

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Lcsmcat
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All the digs at the Germans! This novel was written in 1934, and some of the politics of that era seem to be creeping in.

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Lcsmcat
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I was going to get up and do some chores after one chapter, but Balthazar has other ideas. I guess I‘ll have to keep reading. 😸 #littenkitten #catsoflitsy

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Lcsmcat
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“By this time Augustus was an old man with all the petulance and crankiness of an old man who has been at the head of affairs all his life.”

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Lcsmcat
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“The gift of independence once granted cannot be lightly taken away again.”
(Bust of Claudius‘ father, Nero Drusus, from Wikipedia.)

Faibka I haven‘t read the book, but loved the TV adaptation! 1y
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Lcsmcat
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1. My cat decided to sleep on the treadmill;
2. Probably Paris Combo;
3. Skipping the gym;
4. Nothing in particular;
5. I just started I Claudius, so I‘m not thinking about the next book yet.
#humpdaypost @MinDea

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Lcsmcat
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While I‘ll take the dust jacket off to read, I wanted to show the 1961 edition I‘m reading from. It was my mother-in-law‘s and I‘ve already found some highlighting she did. 😀

LeahBergen I loved this. 👍🏻 1y
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Meredith3
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I don‘t know about the Roman Emperor Claudius, but my Claudius has #angeleyes. 😻 #ABBAinAugust

Andrew65 😍😍 1y
JoScho What a beautiful cat! 1y
Mommamanzi Omg beautiful!!! (edited) 1y
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Reviewsbylola He‘s a living, breathing angel. 😍😍 1y
Meredith3 @Reviewsbylola hahaha thank you! 😹😹😹 1y
LeahBergen He‘s beautiful! 1y
Meredith3 @LeahBergen thank you! 😸 1y
readordierachel 😻😻😻 1y
Soubhiville Oh wow! 🐱❤️ 1y
BarbaraBB He looks like David Bowie 😍😉 1y
Texreader ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
erzascarletbookgasm 😯💙💚👀 1y
Cinfhen UH.MAY.ZING 😻😻😻 1y
Cathythoughts Wow 😮 those eyes 1y
Mdargusch Yes he does! 1y
CoffeeCatsBooks So beautiful!! 😻 1y
Purrfectpages Beautiful! 1y
emilyhaldi Claudius!!!! 😻😻😻😻😻 handsome little boy 1y
Meredith3 @BarbaraBB 💕😸 1y
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diovival
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Looks who's still alive and finished a book. Woot! Woot! I can't imagine finding a better book to be my companion through life's incredible stresses and distractions. Nothing in my life can really compete with the what-the-fuckery of ancient Rome's ruling families.

K, I need to find the next book in the Claudius series.Then I should rewatch the show. Then I should reread and give this book the focus it deserves because it was a great read.

saresmoore 😅 Excellent review! Glad you‘re alive and reading. 1y
diovival @saresmoore Thank you! 😁 1y
CouronneDhiver Good to see you back 👍🏽 1y
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Aimeesue The what-the-fuckery of Ancient Rome! Perfect! So nard to keep track of who's poisoning who? 😂 1y
emilyhaldi Lololol I read this in HS but I must revisit the what-the-fuckery of ancient Rome ASAP!!! 1y
diovival @CouronneDhiver Thanks 😊 1y
diovival @Aimeesue Right! They were next level devious. 1y
diovival @emilyhaldi Yaaas! Do it! 1y
batsy Welcome back! Loved this book. I think you're one of the people who told me about the show when I posted about this ages ago 😁 1y
diovival @batsy Have you read the second book? I'll probably to start it today and expectations are high. 1y
batsy I haven't! Would love to know what you think. The edition you got from the library is fab 👌🏽 1y
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rwmg
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Essential reading for historical fiction fans

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diovival
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The reading slump continues. Maybe this will break the spell? I watched and loved the 1976 BBC adaptation back in the day so the book will probably be even better. Right?

saresmoore 🤞 1y
diovival @saresmoore 🙏 I could use a win. 🙏 1y
Sace I feel your slump pain! 1y
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MicheleinPhilly Still slumping? 1y
diovival @MicheleinPhilly it's getting better! Slow going but I've really been enjoying this book. Good good stuff this one. 1y
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Gezemice
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I have played this game before but so many new littens have joined since... 😊 #meetthelittens
1. I live in Illinois, USA but originally I am from Hungary
2. I, Claudius
3. Discworld, Harry Potter
4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
5. Game of Thrones, Project Runway
6. Queen, Arctic Monkeys
7. yellow and red
8. Everything but romance
9. At a small nano-tech company
10. Two rabbits, Emmet and Wild Style 🐰🐰🐰

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Vansa
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Rather sweet beginnings for such a horrible person.

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Vansa
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Fascinating discussion between Livy and Pollio on the right way of writing history.

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MayJasper
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Clau-Clau-Claudius the stammerer was known as a buffoon and a pitiful fool.' And he is the narrator of these novels.
#unusualnarrators #anditsaugust
@RealLifeReading
@batsy @leahbergen @saresmoore @Dragon @merelybookish

saresmoore This sounds like great fun! 2y
merelybookish 👍👍 2y
LeahBergen I love these covers. ❤️ 2y
Aleida Lo lo loved this. And the series was wonderful too! 2y
Dragon 😎 covers 👍🐉 2y
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batsy
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#ItsHistory Roman and Greek edition. The Graves book is a fictionalised autobiography of the Roman emperor Claudius, and the Renault is a fascinating novel about ancient Athenian society during the time of Socrates. Both were smart, enjoyable reads and I keep meaning to read more by the authors but other books tend to get in the way. *stares at the TBR* #AndItsAugust @RealLifeReading

merelybookish I haven't read either, but did watch the BBC adaptation of I, Claudius. 2y
saresmoore Don't stare too hard or it will topple from indignation! 2y
MayJasper @merelybookish I watched it too. It really sticks in the memory. Compelling viewing! 2y
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sprainedbrain These both look great! Stacking... 2y
batsy @merelybookish @Mayjasper I have not watched it and look forward to doing so 👍 2y
batsy @saresmoore *side-eyeing the TBR* 2y
merelybookish I hadn't thought about the show in years but then last night @sprainedbrain and I were discussing the Brideshead Revisited movie, which sent me down a British tv rabbit hole. (Articles on the best adaptations, etc.) I, Claudius was listed. 😛 A long post to say, funny how things pop up. 2y
Dragon I read I Claudius and Claudius the God back in College, I remember enjoying them. I also watched the old masterpiece/ BBC miniseries 👍😀 2y
batsy I need to read the follow up, @Dragon. I'm super excited about setting aside time to watch the show at some point. British TV is often 👍 @merelybookish 2y
LeahBergen I loved I, Claudius (and I'm a Renault fan, too 👍🏻). 2y
batsy @LeahBergen Yay ☺️ Now that I've reminded myself about these books I just want to immerse myself in ancient Greek and Roman times and drop all my current reads 😰 2y
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LitLogophile
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I was supposed to pack my bookshelf, BUT instead I noticed that my neighbor discarded a large pile of books along with some practical things I could care less about, like furniture. I quickly added to the "to be packed" pile. Also, I think that I missed out on an opportunity to befriend a fellow art history major ?

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diovival
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#junebookbugs Day17: #cheers
I am hoping this is the year I finally read this one. It was adapted into a TV show baaaaack in the day. My dad and I loved the show.
@RealLifeReading

LeahBergen It's a great read! 2y
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Gezemice
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1. I live in Urbana, IL, USA, but I was born and raised in Hungary.
2. Lots! I, Claudius; Harry Potter; Discworld by Terry Pratchett.
3. Discworld & HP
4. Monthy Python & the Holy Grail
5. Don't watch much
6. Queen, Arctic Monkeys
7. Yellow, Red
8. Any if well written, but mostly classics, fantasy, humor
9. I develop software
10. Two Dutch bunnies - Emmet and Wild Style 🐰

Borrowed the picture from @AndreaReads - thanks!
#MeetTheLittens

AndreaReads Great movie choice! Love Monty Python! 3y
Gezemice @AndreaReads I like funny movies and that's the best! I could have mentioned Blazing Saddles or Airplane! or Top Secret as well... (edited) 3y
LeahBergen I loved I, Claudius. ❤️ 3y
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Laalaleighh Discworld for life. 3y
Simona I love, love Budapest❣️ 3y
Gezemice @LeahBergen Yay! Awesome to find another fan! 3y
Gezemice @Laalaleighh And Death. 😉👍❤ 3y
Gezemice @Simona Me, too! I assume you've been there? 3y
readinginthedark Nice choices! 3y
Gezemice @readinginthedark Thank you 😊 3y
Simona Yes, a few times. Budapest was destination for my first backpack/without parents travel experience, and the last time I was there two years ago, at the time of the St. Stephen day. 3y
Gezemice @Simona That's great! You've seen the fireworks over the Danube then? I always loved that. 3y
Simona Yes I saw fireworks and aerobatic plane show. When I was planning my trip I didn't know that it was a holiday weekend, so it was pleasant surprise - all the activities in the city, but my favorite part is always to visit Buda part of the city, that is in spite of the crowd always a calm part of my visit of Budapest. 3y
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BeckyRenner
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Not sure why everyone is posting the weather in their neck of the woods, so I'm just going to get on here and brag about Florida. I'm actually a little chilly. I'm wearing a sweater and settling in to finally (after many years of wanting to) read I, Claudius. #TheWeatherOutsideIsFrightful

haileybean It's -26 right now where I live. I'm so jealous right now. 3y
Suet624 😂😂😂😂 3y
BeckyRenner @haileyhugsbooks I think I would be dead. I'd be a reader-sicle. 3y
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Megabooks It's 67 right now in SC!! Happy dance!! 💃🏻💃🏻 3y
LisaJo @haileyhugsbooks what does negative anything feel like? BRRRR! 3y
haileybean @LisaJo did you ever see home alone and the part where the guy is completely covered in ice, head to foot? Like that. ? except there's the temperature and then the "feels like" temperature which is much, much colder. 3y
andreadmw Take 70 degrees away and you will have Chicago temps 😂 3y
BeckyRenner @andreadmw 😱 That's so cold! Ack! 3y
krismlars Currently -2, feels -13, in Lafayette CO. But this is unusually cold. It's supposed to be 50 on Tuesday. CO weather just cannot make up its mind! 3y
Dragon Loved I Claudius and Claudius the God 👍 3y
BeckyRenner @krismlars I could not tell the difference between minus 2 and minus 13. It must be like cold, colder than cold, then colder than a witch's you know what. 3y
BeckyRenner @Dragon I'm not that far in. It seems to have a pretty steep learning curve. My Roman history isn't great. ☹️ 3y
Dragon I watched the old BBC miniseries based on the books and that really helped 🐉 3y
readinginthedark 😕That sounds so comfortable! T shirt weather! But I hate Florida in the Summer--too hot for me. 3y
BeckyRenner @readinginthedark haha, me too! I bask in the air conditioning 8 months out of the year. 3y
thelizflynn Yesss! This is how I feel living is Southern CA 👌 3y
LisaJo Oh my @haileyhugsbooks - that is terrible. 3y
Dolly I have 7" of snow on the ground and because that keeps the grass from growing I can read instead of mow. 3y
BeckyRenner @Dolly I guess there's always a silver lining. 😂 3y
OhNoMersault That's the town my parents live in. Coming down for New Years and looking forward to the weather reprieve from Chicago. (edited) 3y
BeckyRenner @OhNoMersault Be careful not to bring the cold down with you! 3y
lute I'm up in Ormond with the AC on. 3y
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LindsayReads
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The winter months are always series months for me, one of my favorites being I, Claudius...THE BEST dysfunctional family ever. I have been jonesing for a rewatch after reading Cleopatra, and I REALLY need to finally just read the book. For those of you who've read and seen them both, how do they compare? Is it worth the read? #dysfunctionalfamilies #photoadatnov16

Keyoung I've never seen the movie, but I remember loving the book (however, I read it like 14 years ago). 3y
LindsayReads @Keyoung Oh yeah?? Awesome! That's good news! It was a fairly extensive BBC TV series...you should totally check it out sometime. 3y
LindsayReads @Keyoung Also note a young Patrick Stewart with hair. 3y
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LauraBrook I've only seen the series - it was more dirty and bloody than I expected! 😳 3y
LindsayReads @LauraBrook Yes! Delightfully so. 😊 3y
Foxyfictionista I've experienced them both and loved them. I do prefer the series, however. Some amazing actors in it. 3y
LindsayReads @Foxyfictionista That's good to know! I have a feeling I'll have the same reaction, but I do look forward to imagining the cast as I read. 3y
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Larkken
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'I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as "Claudius the Idiot," or "That Claudius," or "Claudius the Stammerer," or "Clau-Clau-Claudius"...'

Today's 2-for #booktober catch-up: #firstlines and #awardwinning To a reformed(ish) classicist, this book is quite impressive.

oonaghmoon I feel like reading the whole book now after the unusual opening lines ☺ 3y
Larkken @oonaghmoon doesn't it just make him really come alive?! So impressive when hist figures can pop off the page like that. 3y
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deirdrebeecher
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I started reading this book as I walked from my bedroom door to my bed, twenty minutes later I realise I'm still standing. The book sucked me in so hard and so fast I forgot to sit down. After finishing it, in one sitting, I felt disoriented. Hadn't I just been in ancient Rome, having a cosy gossip about his Machiavellian family with Claudius himself. What was I doing back in my bedroom?

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Gezemice
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#augustphotochallenge #alltimefavoritebooks
I took a screenshot of my favorites shelf on Goodreads.
My all time favorite is I, Claudius by Robert Graves, with its sequel. I read it many times. My favorite authors and series are represented here by one book. Terry Pratchett, Alison Weir, Harry Potter series, Christopher Moore, Margaret Atwood, Dosoyevsky, Jane Eyre, etc. I read everything.

LauraBeth I ❤️❤️❤️Love In The Time Of Cholera 3y
LeahBergen I loved I, Claudius! And I have the first 3 of The Iron King series but haven't started them yet. Have you read them all? 3y
Gezemice @LeahBergen I read them all in Hungarian, unfortunately I don't have the books - I think I borrowed them. I read them multiple times, they are incredible! I think they are not all out in English yet. Best historic fiction series (after Claudius) :) 3y
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Merethebookgal You're so smart! Shoulda done that myself 😂. Great choices! 3y
Trav Love this! So many good titles. 3y
Gezemice @Merethebookgal Thanks ☺️ More laziness. I keep a favorites shelf so I remember them :) And, you can still do it :) 3y
Gezemice @Trav @LauraBeth Thank you! So hard to choose! 3y
Dragon I read I Claudius and Claudius The God and watched the British miniseries they were all so good 3y
ApoptyGina69 There is a drinking game I found online for watching the series. I own it and have watched it all through about 3 times, but the game scares me! Plus I need a number of like-minded peeps to watch it with me. Toga party! 🍾 3y
Gezemice @Dragon @ApoptyGina69 I have never seen the miniseries. I did not know there was one! Thanks for the heads-up - I must watch! 3y
Dragon You're in for a treat, it's great fun and wait until you get to know Caligula 3y
Gezemice @Dragon Oooh, Caligula is a crazy bastard. 👍 3y
Dragon He sure is! 3y
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PurityofEssence
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I, Claudius is just so much damn fun. Graves takes us through complex Roman history, balancing the exposition and characterization through the strength and consistency of Claudius' voice. It's very exciting, and makes this book one of my favorite pieces of historical fiction.🤘🤘🤘

Gezemice This is one of my top five books. Read it multiple times. 4y
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NadyneN
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I loved this book so much I guess it is fair to say that it is my all time favourite. I think I reread it already 5 times.

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This was practically the first time I had been in love since my boyhood; and when a not very clever, not very attractive man of fifty falls in love with a very attractive and very clever girl of fifteen it is a poor look-out for him.

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