History Literature / IClaudius

23rd Jan '16 9:47:39 AM Katsuhagi
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* MotherMakesYouKing: Tiberius only becomes Emperor because his mother Livia has been very active in removing any inconvenient competitors for the succession that might stand in his way.
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* MotherMakesYouKing: Tiberius only becomes Emperor because his mother Livia has been very active in removing any inconvenient competitors for the succession that might stand in his way. And Agrippinilla clearly has the same designs in mind for her son Nero at the end of the story.
21st Jan '16 12:57:27 PM Specialist290
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* BasedOnATrueStory: Yes and no. Most everything in the books, including the really outrageous stuff like Livia poisoning half her family or Messalina having a sexathon, comes from ancient sources. However, modern scholars consider much of that to be ancient rumormongering and/or propaganda.
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* BasedOnATrueStory: Yes and no. Most everything in the books, including the really outrageous stuff like Livia poisoning half her family or Messalina having a sexathon, comes from ancient sources. However, modern scholars consider much of that to be ancient rumormongering and/or propaganda. Graves also wasn't above using fiction as a platform for historical theories he thought were likely but was unable to prove.
7th Jan '16 8:10:31 AM LahmacunKebab
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* TangledFamilyTree: An example of TruthInTelevision; the convoluted relationships (both through blood and through marriage -- not to mention adoption) between all the Julio-Claudians extremely complex. Claudius devotes the better part of a chapter to helping the reader untangle his relations.
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* TangledFamilyTree: An example of TruthInTelevision; the convoluted relationships (both through blood and through marriage -- not to mention adoption) between all the Julio-Claudians are extremely complex. Claudius devotes the better part of a chapter to helping the reader untangle his relations.
7th Jan '16 8:07:07 AM LahmacunKebab
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** FaceDeathWithDignity: When Claudius's freedman trick him into signing Messalina's death-warrant, they make sure to offer Messalina a dagger--to take the honourable way out--in the hopes that they won't have to show the warrant to Claudius. Similarly, when Augustus banishes his daughter Julia for adultery, Julia accepts exile but her maid Phoebe hangs herself in disgrace; Augustus bitterly comments, "I wish to God I had been Phoebe's father."
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** FaceDeathWithDignity: When Claudius's freedman trick tricks him into signing Messalina's death-warrant, they make sure to offer Messalina a dagger--to take the honourable way out--in the hopes that they won't have to show the warrant to Claudius. Similarly, when Augustus banishes his daughter Julia for adultery, Julia accepts exile but her maid Phoebe hangs herself in disgrace; Augustus bitterly comments, "I wish to God I had been Phoebe's father."
6th Jan '16 4:27:59 PM Narsil
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Added Prophecies Rhyme All The Time (for the Sibylline prophecies)
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* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: Early on, we see two Sibylline prophecies that hint of Claudius's rule. Both prophecies rhyme, though that wasn't a typical feature of Greek or Latin poetry (or prophecy). Arguably it's TranslationConvention, translating Greek verse (which was based on patterns of long and short syllables) into an equivalent English poetic form (based on stressed syllables and rhyme).
14th Dec '15 1:33:38 PM FF32
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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Claudius at one point discusses his distaste for how other men of the noble class take young men as lovers who are blatantly {{Gold Digger}}s. While this may come off as an AuthorOnBoard by Graves, this is actually based on fact, as Claudius was one of the few Emperors who never had any male lovers, which was considered odd at the time and remarked upon by contemporaries.
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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Claudius at one point discusses his distaste for how other men of the noble class take young men as lovers who are blatantly {{Gold Digger}}s. While this may come off as an AuthorOnBoard WriterOnBoard by Graves, this is actually based on fact, as Claudius was one of the few Emperors who never had any male lovers, which was considered odd at the time and remarked upon by contemporaries.
5th Jul '15 2:40:22 PM BartekChom
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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.

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* AbusiveParents: Claudius' mother, Antonia PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: In ''Claudius the God'', Claudius is told by Messalina that a prophecy says that 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 disgusted by him because of his disabilities, and always considered him a plot against him, he sentences that man to be an idiot. death. Other prophecies also are true.
25th Apr '15 4:35:49 PM Specialist290
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* MotherMakesYouKing: Tiberius only becomes Emperor because his mother Livia has been very active in removing any inconvenient competitors for the succession that might stand in his way.
8th Apr '15 2:55:55 PM Specialist290
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* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Livia's preferred M.O. for removing inconvenient obstacles is to taint their food with a slow-acting poison to bring on what looks like a sudden illness, then continue administering the poison through the victim's doctors in the guise of treatment until they die.
4th Apr '15 10:30:23 PM Specialist290
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* {{Cuckold}}: Caligula has a fetish for boning other men's wives, both to satiate his own lusts and to humiliate the husbands.

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* SexualExtortion: One of Caligula's more nefarious hobbies is forcing himself upon other men's wives and daughters by threatening to have their husbands and fathers executed if they don't submit.
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