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Title:
Claudius the god and his wife Messalina
Author:
Graves, Robert, 1895-1985.
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Edition:
Vintage international edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 1989.

©1935
Physical Description:
viii, 533 pages : genealogical tables ; 21 cm
General Note:
"The troublesome reign of Tiberius Claudius Caesar, emperor of the Romans (born 10 B.C., died A.D. 54), as described by himself; also his murder at the hands of the notorious Agrippina (mother of the Emperor Nero) and his subsequent deification, as described by others."

"Copyright 1935 by Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, Inc."-- verso T.p.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780679725732
Format :
Book

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Robert Graves begins anew the tumultuous life of the Roman who became emporer in spite of himself. Captures the vitality, splendor, and decadence of the Roman world at the point of its decline.


Author Notes

Robert Graves (also known as Robert Ranke Graves) was born in 1895 in London and served in World War I. Goodbye to All That: an Autobiography (1929), was published at age thirty three, and gave a gritty portrait of his experiences in the trenches. Graves edited out much of the stark reality of the book when he revised it in 1957.

Although his most popular works, I, Claudius (1934) and its sequel, Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina (1935), were produced for television by the BBC in 1976 and seen in America on Masterpiece Theater, he was also famous as a poet, producing more than 50 volumes of poetry.

Graves was awarded the 1934 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for both I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Also a distinguished academic, Graves was a professor of English in Cairo, Egypt, in 1926, a poetry professor at Oxford in the 1960s, and a visiting lecturer at universities in England and the U.S. He wrote translations of Greek and Latin works, literary criticism, and nonfiction works on many other topics, including mythology and poetry. He lived most of his life in Majorca, Spain, and died after a protracted illness in 1985.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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