Item #64636 I, Claudius [and] Claudius The God. Robert GRAVES.
I, Claudius [and] Claudius The God.
I, Claudius [and] Claudius The God.
I, Claudius [and] Claudius The God.
I, Claudius [and] Claudius The God.

I, Claudius [and] Claudius The God.

London: Arthur Barker, 1934. [Historical Fiction] LEATHER-BOUND FIRST EDITIONS, First Impressions. 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. Recently re-bound in red half calf, with raised bands, gilt titles to spine, matching cloth over boards, and top edges gilt. Some light spotting to edges and first / final leaves, otherwise crisp, clean copies in attractive new leather bindings. 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 #64636

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