History Series / IClaudius

10th Apr '17 5:47:18 PM DustSnitch
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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.

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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}} [[UsefulNotes/{{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.
29th Mar '17 6:05:43 PM Schfooge
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Caligula's habit of giving his Praetorian guards {{Embarrassing Password}}s for the night, such as "Give Us A Kiss" or "Tickle Me Titus." Granted, the Praetorian guards aren't that amused, but Claudius and at least one of Caligula's German guards seem to be.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Caligula's habit of giving his Praetorian guards {{Embarrassing Password}}s for the night, such as "Give Us A Kiss" or "Tickle "Touch Me Titus." Granted, the Praetorian guards aren't that amused, but Claudius and at least one of Caligula's German guards seem to be.
25th Mar '17 4:58:01 PM Aurelian
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Caligula, ''of all people'', seems to go through this after killing Drusilla. When he exits the room, he looks shocked beyond belief, and quietly warns Claudius to not go in there....

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
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Caligula, ''of all people'', seems to go through this after killing Drusilla. When he exits the room, he looks shocked beyond belief, and quietly warns Claudius to not go in there....there...
** Towards the end of her life Livia fears that her numerous evil deeds will result in her spending an eternity in hell, hence she asks Claudius to make her a god.
5th Mar '17 3:48:44 PM Aurelian
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* AnyoneCanDie: Literally anyone. Just count the named characters who have a natural death. And (most of it) is TruthInTelevision.
5th Mar '17 3:21:56 PM Aurelian
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Livia spends years scheming and poisoning her relatives to ensure that Tiberius succeeds Augustus as Emperor. However, when Tiberius finally does become Emperor he is bitter and depraved, and despises Livia so much that he virtually disowns her.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
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Livia spends years scheming and poisoning her relatives to ensure that Tiberius succeeds Augustus as Emperor. However, when Tiberius finally does become Emperor he is bitter and depraved, and despises Livia so much that he virtually disowns her.
** Agrippinilla similarly schemes to put her son Nero on the throne, yet he turns out to be as bad as Caligula, if not worse, and Sybil informs Claudius that eventually he'll kill his mother and bring down the Julio-Claudian dynasty.
5th Mar '17 2:46:24 PM Aurelian
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Livia spends years scheming and poisoning her relatives to ensure that Tiberius succeeds Augustus as Emperor. However, when Tiberius finally does become Emperor he is bitter and depraved, and despises Livia so much that he virtually disowns her.
4th Mar '17 1:32:04 PM Aurelian
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* AnachronismStew: During a riot in Rome, Livia warns the mob agitating for the restoration of the Republic, "Do you want Gauls and Huns knocking at your doors?" Realistically, no one in first century Rome would have even heard of the Huns, whose first contact with the Romans wasn't until the late fourth century.
26th Dec '16 3:44:49 PM nombretomado
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** Augustus, [[BrianBlessed unsurprisingly]]:

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** Augustus, [[BrianBlessed [[Creator/BrianBlessed unsurprisingly]]:



** Augustus is a [[BrianBlessed boisterous]] friendly chap who wants the best for Rome but is somewhat naive and prone to explosions of anger when he is wronged.

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** Augustus is a [[BrianBlessed [[Creator/BrianBlessed boisterous]] friendly chap who wants the best for Rome but is somewhat naive and prone to explosions of anger when he is wronged.



** Augustus. Say what you will about BrianBlessed but the way he conveys Augustus's death just by letting his face go still was a fine piece of acting. He had to lie there eyes open, unmoving, and with the camera centered on his face for several minutes while Livia delivered her soliloquy. Not only that, but due to a recording problem he had to do it ''twice''. It's easy to forget, because of his propensity to be typecast as BrianBlessed, that he is actually a very skilled actor.

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** Augustus. Say what you will about BrianBlessed Creator/BrianBlessed but the way he conveys Augustus's death just by letting his face go still was a fine piece of acting. He had to lie there eyes open, unmoving, and with the camera centered on his face for several minutes while Livia delivered her soliloquy. Not only that, but due to a recording problem he had to do it ''twice''. It's easy to forget, because of his propensity to be typecast as BrianBlessed, Brian Blessed, that he is actually a very skilled actor.



* LargeHam: BrianBlessed as Augustus and Creator/JohnHurt as Caligula are the two major offenders, although Brian is fairly low-key by Brian standards.

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* LargeHam: BrianBlessed Creator/BrianBlessed as Augustus and Creator/JohnHurt as Caligula are the two major offenders, although Brian is fairly low-key by Brian standards.
20th Nov '16 3:42:47 PM Specialist290
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* EatsBabies: [[spoiler:Caligula doesn't even have the decency to wait until they're born!]] Thankfully the audience is spared the details, but that blood-curdling screen from offscreen is chilling enough...
8th Nov '16 5:03:32 AM GentleMart
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* IWasQuiteALooker: We see [[EvilMatriarch Augustus's wife Livia]] as a middle-aged woman, then an elderly widow, then an unbelievably old crone. But as she comments to Claudius late in life, she was quite a dish in her youth:
-->'''Claudius:''' The most beautiful in the world, they say.\\

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* IWasQuiteALooker: We see [[EvilMatriarch Augustus's wife Livia]] as a middle-aged woman, then an elderly widow, then an unbelievably old crone. But as she comments to Claudius her granddaughter late in life, she was quite a dish in her youth:
-->'''Claudius:''' -->'''Livilla:''' The most beautiful in the world, they say.\\
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