The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
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1976  
Top Rated TV #46 | 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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Yo, Claudio  »

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

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1.33 : 1
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Sir John Hurt revealed that he declined the role of Caligula when it was first offered to him. Because of the time-span of the production, the fact that Derek Jacobi would be the only cast member to appear in every episode, and the subsequent commitments of the other cast members. It was decided that rather than the customary "wrap party" at the end of the series, there would be a special pre-production party instead, to give the entire cast and crew the chance to meet. Hurt explained that Herbert Wise deliberately invited him to attend the party, hoping he would reconsider, and that he was so impressed on meeting the cast and crew, that he immediately reversed his decision, and took the part. See more »

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Augustus thanks the poet Horace for his performance. Roman soldiers enter to inform Augustus of the slaughter his troops faced at the Teutoburg Forest. Horace died in 8 B.C. and the incident in the forest occurred in 9 A.D. See more »

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[on Claudius]
Livia: That child should have been exposed at birth.
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Referenced in Los bingueros (1979) See more »

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Brilliantly Fearsome
1 May 2005 | by (Biloxi, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

Based on Robert Graves' famous novel, I, CLAUDIUS is the ultimate soap opera, vicious, cruel, manipulative--and this famous English miniseries grabs the attention and holds fast throughout the entire length of its complex tale of ancient intrigue.

The great strengths of I, CLAUDIUS are in the driving pace, sharp wit, and ferocity of Jack Pulman's script and the host of brilliant performers who play it out. Chief among these are Sian Phillips as the calculating, murderous, and unspeakably cold Livia, wife of Augustus; although Derek Jacobi gives a justly famous performance in the title role, it is Phillips who dominates and drives the story with this, the most brilliant performance of her career. But this is not to disparage the overall cast, which is remarkably fine and includes such noted artists as Brian Blessed, John Hurt, Patricia Quinn, Patrick Stewart, and a host of others.

Like the serpent that appears in the open credits, the story twists and winds--and covers several generations of the ruling family as Rome slips from the republic to royal rule, largely due to the manipulations of Livia, who has few if any scruples in her determination to rule first through her husband and then through her son. Although the look of the film is somewhat dated, it in no way impairs the power of the piece, and I, CLAUDIUS remains one of the handful of miniseries that actually improves upon repeated viewings. Strongly, strongly recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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