I, Claudius

I, Claudius is a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves’s I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Written by Jack Pulman, it proved one of the corporation’s most successful drama serials of all time.

It starred Derek Jacobi as Claudius, with Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed, George Baker, John Hurt and Patrick Stewart.

Graves’s I, Claudius is in the List Muse 100 Best Novels of All Time and the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels.

For the DVDs try here in the UK and here in the USA.

Source: Wikipedia; For an episode guide see here. There’s a documentary on the series here and there’s a humourous tribute to the show by Sesame Street here.

1. A Touch of Murder

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Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome

Michael Parenti giving a talk on his, Pulitzer Prize nominated, book Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome. For an excellent Booknotes interview see here and for an audio lecture click here.