History Series / IClaudius

27th Jan '18 4:03:00 PM Deadlock
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** Germanicus congratulates Claudius on the birth of his son by his first wife Urgulanilla, and the boy is never mentioned again. [[spoiler:Historically the boy - Claudius Drusus - died aged four when he choked on a pear.]]
26th Oct '17 10:58:54 AM costanton11
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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Played less straight than the viewer might might at first expect. While our hero Claudius is a devout believer in the Republic and DeadlyDecadentCourt is in full swing the actual senators we meet are in many cases corrupt, weak or even outright murderous (Cladius himself even delivers an epic speech trashing them when he becomes Emperor.)

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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Played less straight than the viewer might might at first expect. While our hero Claudius is a devout believer in the Republic and DeadlyDecadentCourt is in full swing the actual senators we meet are in many cases corrupt, weak or even outright murderous (Cladius (Claudius himself even delivers an epic speech trashing them when he becomes Emperor.)



** Messalina has Claudius wrapped around her little finger, and uses his adoration of her to pursue a long string of sexual conquests while he suspects nothing. However, her ambition outpaces her ability when she marries Silius with plans to rule Rome with him; Claudius' freedmen Pallas and Narcissus are able to countermanipulate Claudius into ordering first her arrest, then her execution. When Messalina discovers she cannot manipulate her way out of these predicaments, she suffers a VillainousBreakdown.
** Livia, more than anyone else. She manipulates Augustus into making Tiberius his successor by systematically eliminating the competition, either by poisoning them herself or by having them murdered by hired hands. She also brings Julia's many adulteries to Augustus' attention, resulting in her exile, and is the mastermind behind Postumus being falsely accused of raping Livilla, resulting in ''his'' exile. In contrast to the other manipulative bastards of the series, she is not undone by overambition partly because she is ''very'' good at covering her tracks and partly because her ultimate ambition is not to rule Rome herself, but to preserve Rome's greatness by preventing the return to the constant internal strife of the Republic that she believes would result if anyone but Tiberius succeeded Augustus.

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** Messalina has Claudius wrapped around her little finger, and uses his adoration of her to pursue a long string of sexual conquests while he suspects nothing. However, her ambition outpaces her ability when she marries Silius with plans to rule Rome with him; Claudius' freedmen Pallas and Narcissus are able to countermanipulate counter-manipulate Claudius into ordering first her arrest, then her execution. When Messalina discovers she cannot manipulate her way out of these predicaments, she suffers a VillainousBreakdown.
** Livia, more than anyone else. She manipulates Augustus into making Tiberius his successor by systematically eliminating the competition, either by poisoning them herself or by having them murdered by hired hands. She also brings Julia's many adulteries to Augustus' attention, resulting in her exile, and is the mastermind behind Postumus being falsely accused of raping Livilla, resulting in ''his'' exile. In contrast to the other manipulative bastards of the series, she is not undone by overambition over-ambition partly because she is ''very'' good at covering her tracks and partly because her ultimate ambition is not to rule Rome herself, but to preserve Rome's greatness by preventing the return to the constant internal strife of the Republic that she believes would result if anyone but Tiberius succeeded Augustus.



* TranquilFury: Augustus remains rather cool-headed when he reviews the list of men suspected of sleeping with his daughter, and calmly asks the ones brought before him to "answer the question" even though his face and body language are signalling that he'd like nothing better than execute every one of them. His tranquility fades pretty quickly, though, [[HeroicBSOD when he realizes just how many men]] are standing before him... ''and these are just the ones that were caught''...

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* TranquilFury: Augustus remains rather cool-headed when he reviews the list of men suspected of sleeping with his daughter, and calmly asks the ones brought before him to "answer the question" even though his face and body language are signalling signaling that he'd like nothing better than execute every one of them. His tranquility fades pretty quickly, though, [[HeroicBSOD when he realizes just how many men]] are standing before him... ''and these are just the ones that were caught''...
1st Jul '17 8:02:49 PM mlsmithca
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It is occasionally pronounced ironically by British viewers as written-- "I, Clavdivs". (the eponymous American production company Belisarivs suffers from a similar conceit of grandeur).

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It is occasionally pronounced ironically by British viewers as written-- "I, Clavdivs". Clavdivs" (the eponymous American production company Belisarivs suffers from a similar conceit of grandeur).
grandeur).[[note]] [[Series/HarryAndPaul Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse]] went one better in their spoof of ''I, Claudius'' as part of ''The Story of the Twos'' by treating the "I" as a Roman numeral and calling it "One, Clavdivs".[[/note]]
1st Jun '17 10:58:16 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The last we see of Agrippina is Tiberius exiling her to an island. It's only later that it's mentioned that she died in exile.
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.
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