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
Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to become, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. Here he recounts his surprisingly successful reign- how he cultivates the loyalty of the army and the common people to repair the damage caused by Caligula; his relations with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of Britain. But the growing paranoia of absolute power and the infidelity of his promiscuous young wife Messalina mean that his good fortune will not last forever. In this second part of Robert Graves's fictionalized autobiography, Claudius - wry, rueful, always inquisitive - brings to life some of the most scandalous and violent times in history.