The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
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1976  
Top Rated TV #41 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 Claudius (13 episodes, 1976)
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 Tiberius (10 episodes, 1976)
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 Antonia (9 episodes, 1976)
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 Livia (8 episodes, 1976)
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 Augustus (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Herod Agrippa / ... (6 episodes, 1976)
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The mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 BC) to Claudius' own death in 54 AD. As Claudius narrates his life, we witness Augustus' attempts to find an heir, often foiled by his wife Livia who wants her son Tiberius to become emperor. We also see the conspiracy of Sejanus, the infamous reign of Caligula, and Claudius' own troubled period of rule. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.

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6 November 1977 (USA)  »

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(13 parts) | (DVD) (13 episodes)

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The opening credits were later parodied in Black-Adder II (1986), which also featured Patsy Byrne. See more »

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Julia had two elder sons that died a few years after her banishment. Historically, it was Lucius who died first of mysterious causes of illness and then Gaius who died in a campaign after being wounded. In "I, Claudius" however, it is Gaius who died first of the mysterious causes *before* Julia's banishment and Lucius is the one who dies in the "accident". See more »

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[reciting another poem]
Minester: You ask me how my farm can pay/Since little it will bear/It pays me thus: 'Tis far away/And you are never there.
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The standard by which all TV should be judged
22 May 2001 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

The best miniseries ever made! Smart and sexy, with characters that live and breathe. Just some of the most marvelous characters include Brian Blessed as the benevolent Augustus, George Baker as the wounded Tiberius, and Siân Phillips as Livia. Includes one of John Hurt's finest performances, and I'd go into Derek Jacobi as Claudius, but they say I have to keep it below 1,000 words. The Canadian channel Bravo runs it occasionally, or try renting it from Blockbuster, but I recommend shelling out for the entire collection on video!


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