The series covers the history of the early Roman Empire , told from the perspective of the elderly Emperor Claudius who narrates the series. Among many other productions and adaptations, Graves's Claudius novels have also been adapted for BBC Radio 4 broadcast and for the stage The series opens with Augustus , the first Emperor of Rome, attempting to find an heir, and his wife, Livia , plotting to elevate her own son Tiberius to this position. An expert poisoner, Livia uses the covert assassination and betrayal of all rivals to achieve her aims, beginning with the death in 22 BC of Marcellus. The plotting, double-crossing, and murder continue for many decades, through the reign of Tiberius, the political conspiracy of his Praetorian Prefect Sejanus , and the depraved rule of the lunatic emperor Caligula , culminating in the accidental rise to power of his uncle Claudius.
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In fact, this review inspired another reader to donate and request a review of a short-lived American tv series about ancient Rome. So Empire is next up! I have very fond memories of watching I, Claudius with my parents when it first ran here in the States, and again in the late 80s with my father when I was in college. But watching it more recently, with 30 years of experience thinking about the position of women in society and how they are depicted, I noticed something troubling that escaped my younger selves. The only women in the show who are entirely proper, guiltless women are Agrippina the Elder and Domitia. While clearly virtuous, her constant strident arguments make her seem rather foolhardy, and the show makes no attempt to make her likeable in real fashion. As a child, she mocks Claudius.
Caligula has not only made his horse a senator but has turned the palace into a brothel, selling off senators and their wives for sex. Although scared of him - and getting thrown into a river for his Germanicus returns from Germania in triumph and he and Claudius catch up on family news - Claudius now has a son but is not enjoying married life.