Claudius the God: And His Wife Messalina

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Graves
Narrator: Frederick Davidson
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2010
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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This second part of Robert Gravess fictionalized biography of Claudius brings to life some of the most scandalous and violent times in history, capturing the vitality, splendor, and decadence of the Roman world at the point of its decline.

Reviews (1)

Herod Agrippa Front and Center

Written by Nancy on August 14th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Aside from the portrait of that engaging and complicated rogue Herod Agrippa, this part is perhaps not as exciting as "I, Claudius," with its nonstop murders, suicides, and forced starvation. But Claudius' reforms are interesting historically, and by the end of Part 1 of this book, the invasion of Britain is under way, and I look forward to the omen of the sacred chickens. A delicate touch in Frederick Davidson's masterly rendering is that Claudius' stammering grows less pronounced with the ministrations of Xenophon, the laconic Greek physician. Claudius' faith in Messalina, and her manipulation of him, are cringe-inducing. Highly satisfactory.

Author Details

Author Details

Graves, Robert

Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a British poet, novelist, translator, and critic. His many books include the historical novels "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God," the autobiography "Good-bye to All That," and the mythic/literary studies "The White Goddess" and "The Greek Myths,"