History Literature / IClaudius

17th Feb '17 3:49:14 PM Narsil
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* UnwantedSpouse: Claudius and his first wife Urgulanilla, though he says that there's so little feeling between them that he can't even say they were unhappy with each other. When he announces he's divorcing her out of suspicion that she [[spoiler:had her brother's second wife killed and because she had a child with a slave]] she doesn't contest the charges when presented with them. Ironically of all his wives she's the only one who never treats him harshly or tries to manipulate him for her own gain, and outright states in her will that he is not an idiot like everyone else thinks. It's also safe to say that he bears her no ill will either, going out of his way to spare [[spoiler:the child she had with her slave by swapping it with a stillborn baby's body rather than expose it as was his right by law as her slighted husband]].

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* UnwantedSpouse: Claudius and his first wife Urgulanilla, though he says that there's so little feeling between them that he can't even say they were unhappy with each other. When he announces he's divorcing her out of suspicion that she [[spoiler:had her brother's second wife killed and because she had a child with a slave]] for adultery (orchestrated by Sejanus) she doesn't contest the charges when presented with them. Ironically of all his wives she's the only one who never treats him harshly or tries to manipulate him for her own gain, and outright states in her will that he is not an idiot like everyone else thinks. It's also safe to say that he bears her no ill will either, going out of his way to spare [[spoiler:the child she had with her slave by swapping it with a stillborn baby's body rather than illegitimate child; he demands the baby so he can expose it as (as a Roman husband was his right by law as expected to do), but he has a freedman tell her slighted husband]].that if she gives him a reasonably-recent stillbirth (not hard to come by back then) he won't ask questions.
17th Feb '17 3:42:08 PM Narsil
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** In ''Claudius the God'', Claudius gives a similar speech before an important battle in Britain (without a radish though).
* RoyalInbreeding: The Julio-Claudians practice this.

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** In ''Claudius the God'', Claudius gives prepares a similar grand speech in Livy's style before an important battle in Britain Britain; when he finds himself in front of the troops, he forgets it entirely, and comes up with a much more easygoing, jocular speech (without a radish though).
* RoyalInbreeding: The Julio-Claudians practice this. Livia and Augustus had no children of their own, but Livia makes sure that every descendant of Augustus's is married to a descendant of hers. It gets even more pronounced as it goes, with Caligula sleeping with his sisters and Claudius marrying his niece (though in Claudius's case, the marriage is not consummated).
5th Jan '17 3:55:12 PM Narsil
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* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: In ''Claudius the God'', Claudius is told by Messalina that a prophecy says that her husband is going to die in a month. She uses this to convince him to divorce her (strictly ''pro forma!'') and marry another man. When Claudius realises that it was a plot against him, he sentences that man to death.

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* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: In ''Claudius the God'', Claudius is told by Messalina that a prophecy says that her husband is going to die in a month. She uses this to convince him to divorce her (strictly ''pro forma!'') and marry her off to another man. When Claudius realises that it was a plot against him, he sentences that man to death.
28th Dec '16 6:54:00 PM Narsil
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* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: In ''Claudius the God'', Claudius is told by Messalina that a prophecy says that [[spoiler:her husband is going to die in a month. For this reason they divorce and she marries another man. When Claudius realises that it was a plot against him, he sentences that man to death. Other prophecies also are true.]]

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* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: In ''Claudius the God'', Claudius is told by Messalina that a prophecy says that [[spoiler:her her husband is going to die in a month. For She uses this reason they to convince him to divorce her (strictly ''pro forma!'') and she marries marry another man. When Claudius realises that it was a plot against him, he sentences that man to death. Other death.
** When a wounded wolf-cub falls into the boy Claudius's hands, his mother sends the children away to consult an augur. Claudius's sister eavesdrops, though, and hears the meaning: that Rome (the wolf) will be in desperate straits, and Claudius will protect it. She sneers "I hope I'll be long dead before then!", and her mother angrily punishes her, "You'll be shut up in your room with nothing to eat"--both inadvertant prophecies, as the mother ends up starving her adult daughter to death years later.
** Tiberius has an astrologer who successfully predicts his rise to power, then warns him to "beware when your own lizard sends him a message". When Tiberius sees his pet giant lizard suddenly dead and being torn apart by ants, his own death follows shortly after.
** Repeatedly in both books, there are
prophecies also of a new god arising--saying such things as that he will die alone and his friends will drink his blood, but that no temple in the Roman Empire will be dedicated to any god but him. Both Livia and Caligula believe that the prophecies are true.]]about them, but they're mistaken; rather, these seem to be prophecies of Christianity displacing the Roman religion.
22nd Dec '16 4:05:08 AM Divra
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* CreepyCrossdresser: Caligula often asumes the identity of different goddesses, and thus wears female dresses.

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* CreepyCrossdresser: Caligula often asumes assumes the identity of different goddesses, and thus wears female dresses.



* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Livia is an interesting example. She uses the vilest means to obtain power, but she's also described as a very able and just ruler. Claudius loathes her because many of her victims, such as [[spoiler:Postumus]] and [[spoiler:Germanicus]], are his dearest friends, but admits her goverment was much better than Tiberius' and Caligula's.

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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Livia is an interesting example. She uses the vilest means to obtain power, but she's also described as a very able and just ruler. Claudius loathes her because many of her victims, such as [[spoiler:Postumus]] and [[spoiler:Germanicus]], are his dearest friends, but admits her goverment government was much better than Tiberius' and Caligula's.



* GoodBadGirl: Julia, while being quite promiscuous, is portrayed simpathetically by Claudius. Firstly, [[spoiler:because she begins having affairs as a result of her husband Tiberius' coolness towards her and his own infidelities]]. Secondly, [[spoiler:because her enhanced sex-drive seems to have been caused by Livia, who tricks her into using Spanish fly, a potent aphrodisiac]]. Thirdly, because she has a good heart and is the only adult member of Claudius' family who treats him with affection.

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* GoodBadGirl: Julia, while being quite promiscuous, is portrayed simpathetically sympathetically by Claudius. Firstly, [[spoiler:because she begins having affairs as a result of her husband Tiberius' coolness towards her and his own infidelities]]. Secondly, [[spoiler:because her enhanced sex-drive seems to have been caused by Livia, who tricks her into using Spanish fly, a potent aphrodisiac]]. Thirdly, because she has a good heart and is the only adult member of Claudius' family who treats him with affection.



* OneSteveLimit: Defied. Claudius, in his role as narrator, writes at some length about his useless teacher Marcus Porcius Cato, only to point out that the great Romans called Marcus Porcius Cato were his ancestors, and this one is just a particularly useless teacher. He then muses that he'll have to be very careful to keep his own family members apart since their names are very similar and he is well aware how confusing that can be.



* ThePardon: Caligula pardons Herod Agrippa, who had been imprisoned for treason by Tiberius. Later Claudius pardons his nieces Agrippinilla and Lesbia, allowing them to return from exile. Seneca is pardoned by Claudius not once but twice: first, when he becomes emperor, and recalls several people sentenced to exile by Caligula. Shortly after, Claudius discovers Seneca is commiting adultery with nis niece Lesbia and exiles him again. Years later, [[spoiler:he decides to recall him from exile to make him Nero's tutor]].

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* ThePardon: Caligula pardons Herod Agrippa, who had been imprisoned for treason by Tiberius. Later Claudius pardons his nieces Agrippinilla and Lesbia, allowing them to return from exile. Seneca is pardoned by Claudius not once but twice: first, when he becomes emperor, and recalls several people sentenced to exile by Caligula. Shortly after, Claudius discovers Seneca is commiting committing adultery with nis his niece Lesbia and exiles him again. Years later, [[spoiler:he decides to recall him from exile to make him Nero's tutor]].



* ParentalIncest: Caligula claims his mother Agrippina was the result of an incestuous affait between Augustus and his daugher Julia. This is almost certainly a lie: Caligula dislikes the fact that his maternal grandfather Agrippa was a man of low birth, so he wants to erase him from his family tree.

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* ParentalIncest: Caligula claims his mother Agrippina was the result of an incestuous affait affair between Augustus and his daugher daughter Julia. This is almost certainly a lie: Caligula dislikes the fact that his maternal grandfather Agrippa was a man of low birth, so he wants to erase him from his family tree.



* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime: Antonia discovers [[spoiler:her pre-adolescent grandchildren Caligula and Drusilla comitting incest, and threatens to report this to Tiberius]], but Claudius manages to convince her to keep their secret.

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* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime: Antonia discovers [[spoiler:her pre-adolescent grandchildren Caligula and Drusilla comitting committing incest, and threatens to report this to Tiberius]], but Claudius manages to convince her to keep their secret.



* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Drusus and Antonia's, Tiberius and Vipsania's, Germanicus and Agrippina's and Cypros and Herod Agrippa's arranged marriages are very happy. However, they are the exception to the rule.

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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Drusus and Antonia's, Tiberius and Vipsania's, Germanicus Germanicus' and Agrippina's and Cypros and Herod Agrippa's arranged marriages are very happy. However, they are the exception to the rule.
6th Dec '16 9:45:21 PM Micah
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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Livia]] acts like this towards Claudius when she invites him to have dinner. They have a polite and friendly conversation during wich she confesses all of her crimes, knowing full well Claudius can't and won't seek vengeance.

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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Livia]] acts like this towards Claudius when she invites him to have dinner. They have a polite and friendly conversation during wich which she confesses all of her crimes, knowing full well Claudius can't and won't seek vengeance.
11th Oct '16 5:47:56 AM Aquila89
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* AbusiveParents: Claudius' mother, Antonia was disgusted by him because of his disabilities, and always considered him to be an idiot.

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* AbusiveParents: Claudius' mother, Antonia was disgusted by him because of his disabilities, and always considered him to be an idiot. [[spoiler:Even when she decides to kill herself and says goodbye to Claudius, she still doesn't have a kind word for him.]]
11th Oct '16 5:41:17 AM Aquila89
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** [[spoiler:Antonia]] is forced to have her own daughter [[spoiler:Livilla]] killed. [[spoiler:She chooses to lock her in a room and starve her to death]].

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** [[spoiler:Antonia]] is forced to have her own daughter [[spoiler:Livilla]] killed. [[spoiler:She chooses to lock her in a room and starve her to death]].death. The room is next to hers, so she could hear Livilla's cries and curses for days. Claudius explains that Antonia didn't do this out of sadism, "for it was inexpressibly painful to her, but as a punishment to herself for having brought up so abominable a daughter."]]
1st Aug '16 8:28:15 PM Specialist290
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* InheritanceMurder: Livia's grand plan is to ensure her son Tiberius becomes Augustus's successor by eliminating everyone ahead of him in the succession, one way or another.
28th Mar '16 9:12:15 AM cepion
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** Tiberius is told that in ten years, "Tiberius Claudius" will still be emperor. He interprets it as a reassurance that he has ten more years to live and reign. [[spoiler:He dies not long after that, and]] the prophecy is fulfilled by his nephew Claudius, whose first name is also Tiberius.

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** Tiberius is told that in ten years, "Tiberius Claudius" Caesar" will still be emperor. He interprets it as a reassurance that he has ten more years to live and reign. [[spoiler:He dies not long after that, and]] and the prophecy is fulfilled by his nephew Claudius, whose first name is also Tiberius.Tiberius and who takes the surname Caesar when he becomes emperor]].
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