By Robert Graves
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I, Claudius by Robert Graves ranked # 14 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
I, Claudius is a novel by Robert Graves, first published in 1934, dealing sympathetically with the life of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the history of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire, from Julius Caesar's assassination in 44 BC to Caligula's assassination in 41 AD.
The message of the story appears to concern the relationship between liberty (as demonstrated by the Roman Republic, and the dedication to
its ideals shown by Augustus and young Claudius) and stability (as demonstrated by Empress Livia, Herod Agrippa, and the elder Claudius).
Near the end of Claudius the God, Graves introduces another idea: that when a formerly-free nation has lived under a dictatorship for too
long, it is incapable of returning to free rule.
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