Claudius, the Underdog
The Roman Emperor Claudius came to power in a highly undignified manner, pulled whimpering from his hiding place behind a curtain. Considering the schemes, machinations, tortures and death inherent in his family's murderous dynasty, you can't really blame him. I, Claudius tells a fictionalized account of the reluctant emperor's life in his own words. The award-winning miniseries is adapted from the novel I, Claudius by Robert Graves. The novel is a classic of historical fiction and is every bit as intoxicating as the TV series it inspired. Fans of bloody historical romps such as The Tudors and Rome should definitely check out I, Claudius.