Jul 22, 2018

"I, Claudius"

Did you know a lame, partly deaf, stuttering man was once Emperor of the Romans? 'I, Claudius" is a British TV series from the point of view of Claudius, who probably survived routine purges because people thought he was literally an idiot.

In reality, he wasn't. The series, with a cast of some very good British actors, begins from the reign of Augustus and reaches Nero (Christ is born along the way). In between, you get an interesting lesson in Roman history of the Empire at its peak: peak of intrigue, decadence, and power. Most fascinating is the character of Livia, Augustus' wife, who outlived many a plot, and whose sole aim in life was to end up a Goddess.

As Obelix might have put it, these Romans were crazy.

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