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I, Claudius (1976)

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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

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Top Rated TV #36 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Claudius (13 episodes, 1976)
 Tiberius (10 episodes, 1976)
 Antonia (9 episodes, 1976)
 Livia (8 episodes, 1976)
 Augustus (6 episodes, 1976)
 Herod Agrippa / ... (6 episodes, 1976)


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.


Drama | History


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Release Date:

6 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yo, Claudio  »

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The final installment, "Old King Log," contains a pun on the names of both the screenwriter and the author of the 'Claudius' novels. Before his vision in the Senate where he sees the ghosts of his past, Claudius mysteriously declares "The man who dwells by the pool shall open graves and the dead will live again." This plays on Jack Pulman, the screenwriter; and Robert Graves, the novelist. See more »


Augustus remarried a few months after Julia was born. Julia mentions that Livia had been married to her father for twenty years. Historically, Julia would have only been fourteen at the time she said this in the episode. See more »


Germanicus: [on the wisdom of invading Britannia, i.e. Britain] There's nothing of value there, and the people make very poor slaves.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Unchained (1992) See more »

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How can I even begin to comment on this series....
27 July 2004 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

....When so many people have done a better job than I ever could?

When I rented this on video, a few years ago, my mother (who has passed away since) commented on how she would watch this back in the 70's, absolutely fascinated by it. I'd rented it because I'd seen it during its replay in the 80's, and was equally fascinated. It was rare to see a historical drama with so much lurid character detail.

What fascinates me today is the sheer number of character actors who appear in it.... Most of which were little known then but have since gone on to become better-known. Everyone from Brian Blessed, John Hurt, Sian Phillips, George Baker, Patrick Stewart and John Rhys-Davies to lesser-known actors like Kevin Stoney, Bernard Hill, Christopher Guard, Fiona Walker, Stratford Johns, Sam Dastor, Guy Siner, Darien Angadi, James Bree, George Pravda, Simon MacCorkindale, Sheila Ruskin, Bruce Purchase and Denis Carey. And they were _all_ good, no matter how small their roles were. Where the Brits find actors of this caliber, I'll never know.

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