The Eternal City
I, Claudius (1934) is a novel by English writer Robert Graves, written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius. Accordingly, it includes history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC to Caligula’s assassination in 41 AD.
The ‘autobiography’ of Claudius continues (from Claudius’ accession after Caligula’s death, to his own death in 54) in Claudius the God (1935). The sequel also includes a section written as a biography of Herod Agrippa, contemporary of Claudius and future King of the Jews. The two books were adapted by the BBC into an award-winning television serial, I, Claudius.
The quote in the Prologue is a heavily influenced lift from the first line of the book “I,Claudius”. Much like in the book the idea I had for retelling this chronicle was a recently discovered biography of the coterie written shortly after the Fall of the Camarilla