I, Claudius: Day One; Chapters 1-3

March 3, 2008

Chapters 1-3

So far, I’m liking this one. I can’t say I’m head-over-heels in love with it. At least not yet. But the style is pleasant and charming and amusing in a very verbose roundabout way. I especially like the opening sentence. “I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as “Claudius the Idiot,” or “That Claudius,” or “Claudius the Stammerer” or “Clau-Clau-Claudius” or at best as “Poor Uncle Claudius,” am now about to write this strange history of my life; starting from my earliest childhood and continuing year by year until I reach the fateful point of change where some eight years ago, at the age of fifty-one, I suddenly found myself caught in what I may call the “golden predicament” from which I have never since become disentangled.”

Also a treat, was the discussion about the “dull books” found on the very next page. “I let it be a dull book . . . I told no lies but neither did I tell the truth in the sense that I mean to tell it here.”

His visit to the sibyl is interesting and entertaining enough. I definitely was intrigued by what I read.

The second and third chapters, for me, got a little bogged down. I’m hoping that it will all “click” with me soon. The first chapter was certainly delightful enough. These two were just very dramatic and melodramatic. Not in prose, but in content. The family, the politics. Everything was very over-the-top and very much a soap opera! His grandmother is quite a character. One thing that stood out to me is all the marriages. How couples would be ripped apart and pushed together and ripped apart just in the name or in the game of politics and political alliances. Marriage didn’t seem to be a sacred or respected institution.

I’m looking forward to reading on to see how this all plays out. Claudius. famiglia-giulio-claudia.pdf

8. Drusus Claudius Nero
4. Tiberius Nero
9. ?
2. Nero Claudius Drusus
10. Marcus Livius Drusus Claudianus
5. Livia
11. Aufidia
12. Marcus Antonius Creticus
6. Mark Antony
13. Julia Antonia
3. Antonia Minor
14. Gaius Octavius
7. Octavia Minor
15. Atia Balba Caesonia

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