History Series / IClaudius

6th Feb '16 7:56:54 AM JesseMB27
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* AdaptationalEarlyAppearance: In the novels, Herod Agrippa is briefly mentioned but doesn't appear in person until the sequel, at which point Claudius talks about him being a childhood friend and playing an important role in previous events. The novel [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the use of RememberTheNewGuy. In the tv series, a PragmaticAdaptation is done wherein Herod is "written into" scenes from Claudius' earlier life, rather than appearing out of nowhere like in the novels.
1st Dec '15 1:34:40 AM Baeraad555
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: At one point, Claudius is told about the Jews' belief in a Messiah to come, and that there have been plenty of men who claimed to be him. The most recent of the bunch was one [[{{Jesus}} Joshua bar Joseph]] who was executed fifteen years ago. There are still people who say he was the real thing, but it's one of many small heretical cults and of no importance.
25th Nov '15 1:38:24 AM Ominae
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* TrickedIntoSigning: Claudius is tricked by his freedmen into signing Messalina's death warrant. They shove a bunch of mostly innocuous papers at him while he's drunk.
22nd Nov '15 3:20:41 PM Aurelian
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* OffWithHisHead: Bye, Messalina.
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* OffWithHisHead: OffWithHisHead: ** Bye, Messalina.Messalina. ** Caligula's cure for [[spoiler:Gemellus' cough.]]
22nd Nov '15 3:10:52 PM Aurelian
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* ForegoneConclusion: We are told at the start that Claudius is going to become Emperor. Nonetheless, the description of 60 years of Roman politics and intrigue leading up to this event manages to remain amazing and entertaining.

* ForegoneConclusion: We are told at the start that Claudius is going to become Emperor. Nonetheless, the description of 60 years of Roman politics and intrigue leading up to this event manages to remain amazing and entertaining.
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* ForegoneConclusion: We are told at the start that ** Claudius is going and Caligula discuss the story of Zeus removing his unborn child from Metis' body and swallowing it, because it was prophecised that his child would grow up to become Emperor. Nonetheless, more powerful than him. [[spoiler: Later, Caligula, believing himself to be Zeus, re-enacts the description of 60 years of Roman politics and intrigue leading up to this event manages to remain amazing and entertaining.scene with his pregnant sister-wife Drusilla, with [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath predictable results.]]]]
22nd Nov '15 1:53:32 AM Aurelian
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* HeroicBSOD: Augustus has a huge breakdown when he finds out ''how many men'' have slept with his daughter.
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* HeroicBSOD: Augustus has a huge breakdown when he finds out ''how many men'' have slept with his daughter. He has another when he learns that three legions under the command of Varus have been massacred in Germany.
22nd Nov '15 1:41:52 AM Aurelian
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Tiberius and Caligula. [[spoiler:Claudius tried to achieve this through his reign and Nero's [[ZeroApprovalGambit to renew fervour for the Republic]].]]
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Tiberius AbusiveParents: ** Antonia never shows Claudius any affection, and Caligula. [[spoiler:Claudius tried openly refers to achieve this through him as an embarrassment. ** [[spoiler:Livia]] apparently intended to [[spoiler:poison her son Drusus]], but he succumbed to his reign and Nero's [[ZeroApprovalGambit to renew fervour for the Republic]].]]injuries first.

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Tiberius and Caligula. [[spoiler:Claudius tried to achieve this through his reign and Nero's [[ZeroApprovalGambit to renew fervour for the Republic]].]]
9th Nov '15 10:35:09 PM 940131
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That's incorrect. Geeek was spoken by many Roman aristocrats, but it never supercedes Latin.
* TranslationConvention: Aristocratic Romans, and foreign aristocrats who would speak Latin or Greek fluently[[note]]as aristocratic Romans of this era would be quite likely to speak Greek, not Latin, on social occasions[[/note]], speak with an upper-class BBC accent (most of the cast, naturally). Lower-class Romans--mainly soldiers and the lower kinds of slaves--speak with lower-class English accents (generally Cockney); foreigners sometimes have corresponding accents (as, for example, a Jewish innkeeper with a very modern Yiddish accent).
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* TranslationConvention: Aristocratic Romans, and foreign aristocrats who would speak Latin or Greek fluently[[note]]as aristocratic Romans of this era would be quite likely to speak Greek, not Latin, on social occasions[[/note]], fluently, speak with an upper-class BBC accent (most of the cast, naturally). Lower-class Romans--mainly soldiers and the lower kinds of slaves--speak with lower-class English accents (generally Cockney); foreigners sometimes have corresponding accents (as, for example, a Jewish innkeeper with a very modern Yiddish accent).
24th Sep '15 4:25:50 PM Getheren
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** This is actually TruthInTelevision: In the upper crust of Roman society, the variety of first names for men was quite limited, and for women even more limited. A given ''gens'' (clan, more or less) would often recycle anywhere from two to six given names and certain variations on them, to the point where A man named Quintus, say, might have three sons named Quintus distinguished by different middle names or epithets like "Elder", "Younger", "the Tall", "The Dark", etc.
24th Sep '15 4:01:24 PM Getheren
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** '''The mad and bloody reign of Caligula,''' which starts out promising enough, with the death of the hated tyrant Tiberius (at Caligula's hands.) Unfortunately, UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} turns out to be an even WORSE ruler than Tiberius, due in no small part to the fact that Caligula was (probably) a paranoid schizophrenic who believed himself to be a reincarnation of the Roman god, Jove. He then sets about murdering all of his political and familial rivals, but he spares Claudius (whom he thinks an amusing fool, and a reincarnation of the god, Vulcan.) Caligula's outrageous crimes can't remain unpunished forever and the assassination plot which topples him almost consumes Claudius as well-- thankfully, the remnants of Caligula's personal guard find Claudius and decide to prop him up as emperor. (After all, without an emperor, they'd all be out of a job.) Claudius, however, is not so hot about the idea...
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** '''The mad and bloody reign of Caligula,''' which starts out promising enough, with the death of the hated tyrant Tiberius (at Caligula's hands.) Unfortunately, UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} turns out to be an even WORSE ruler than Tiberius, due in no small part to the fact that Caligula was (probably) a paranoid schizophrenic who believed himself to be a reincarnation of the Roman god, Jove. (We don't really need to reach for schizophrenia, though; growing up in the Imperial family under Tiberius and Livia, in a position of unquestioned status and constant threat, was not exactly a school for sanity. He also only became ''really'' out of control after barely surviving an extreme and nearly lethal bout of fever probably malarial encephalitis so the combination of a deeply twisted upbringing and likely brain damage seems as plausible.) He then sets about murdering all of his political and familial rivals, but he spares Claudius (whom he thinks an amusing fool, and a reincarnation of the god, Vulcan.) Caligula's outrageous crimes can't remain unpunished forever and the assassination plot which topples him almost consumes Claudius as well-- thankfully, the remnants of Caligula's personal guard find Claudius and decide to prop him up as emperor. (After all, without an emperor, they'd all be out of a job.) Claudius, however, is not so hot about the idea...
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