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I, Claudius From the Autobiography of Tiberius - GRAVES, Robert (1895-1985) - 1934. 
London: Arthur Barker, 1934.. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.494. With a folding family tree of the Julio-Claudian dynasty to rear. In publisher's black cloth with gilt titles to spine. With original pictorial dust jacket designed by John Aldridge. Bottom edge untrimmed. Jacket spine lightly sunned, with some light wear and very minor chipping to the top edge. Crisp and clean internally; likely unread. A fine copy of the book in a very good jacket. Arguably the defining piece of Roman historical fiction from the twentieth century, Graves' classic fanciful autobiography of Rome's fourth Emperor builds a tangled web of family feuds and internecine murder from hints provided by Tacitus and Suetonius. The story was dramatised by the BBC in 1976, staring Derek Jacobi, and has since gone on to inspire the tone of the acclaimed series 'Rome' (2005-07). Graves was a gifted classicist at Charterhouse and later Oxford, but decided to pursue literature and poetry after he completed his degree. As well as contributing a translation of Apuleius' 'The Golden Ass' to the Penguin Classics collection, he also published a controversial encyclopaedia of Greek Myths containing some of his own original theories, generally rejected by the academic community.
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