I, Claudius [and] Claudius The God. Robert GRAVES.

I, Claudius [and] Claudius The God.

London: Arthur Barker, 1934. [Historical Fiction] FIRST EDITIONS. Two volumes. Octavo (22 x 14 x 9cm), pp.494 [2]; pp.[2] 575 [2]. With a folding family tree of the Julio-Claudian dynasty to rear of each volume. Handsomely bound in dark green half morocco with raised bands, gilt titles to spine, matching cloth over boards, top edges gilt. Internally clean but for some very light spotting to first and final leaves of each volume. Fold to family tree in volume II partly trimmed away, with a repair. A clean, crisp copy in an attractive new leather binding. Arguably the defining piece of Roman historical fiction from the twentieth century, Graves' classic fanciful autobiography of Rome's fourth Emperor builds a tangled web of family feuds and internecine murder from hints provided by Tacitus and Suetonius. The story was dramatised by the BBC in 1976, staring Derek Jacobi, and has since inspired the tone of the acclaimed series 'Rome' (2005-07). Graves was a gifted classicist at Charterhouse and later Oxford, but decided to pursue literature and poetry after he completed his degree. As well as contributing translations of Apuleius' 'The Golden Ass' and Suetonius' 'Twelve Caesars' to the Penguin Classics collection, he also published a controversial encyclopaedia of Greek Myths containing some of his own original theories, generally rejected by the academic community. Item #61617

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