The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
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Top Rated TV #48 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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The mini-series follows the history of the Roman Empire, from approximately the death of Marcellus (24/23 BC) to Claudius' own death in 54 AD. As Claudius narrates his life, we witness Augustus' attempts to find an heir, often foiled by his wife Livia who wants her son Tiberius to become emperor. We also see the conspiracy of Sejanus, the infamous reign of Caligula, and Claudius' own troubled period of rule. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.


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6 November 1977 (USA)  »

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(13 parts) | (DVD) (13 episodes)

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The opening credits were later parodied in Black-Adder II (1986), which also featured Patsy Byrne. See more »

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Herod frequently calls Claudius "little marmoset". Marmosets are native to the New World, which had not been discovered in Roman times. See more »

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[to the senate]
Augustus: I called you all here to talk about the level of opposition to my new law against bachelorism. Do you know what I say? I say: "STOP COMPLAINING AND GET MARRIED."
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Superior writing!! Superior Acting!!!
6 April 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You have a kid who hates Ancient History? Check this set of 6 videos out of your library or buy the whole set. Well worth it, either way. Now I'm all anxious to find out what the History books say about this period in our past. As the 'gods 'intermarried, you can see the result of the DNA codes gone berserk. Of course, there is also the element of the insanity producing power of absolute power itself!!!! Who's to say which ingredient was the worst?

With all this killing, one wonders why people complain about the video game killing? This really happened and with people who were supposedly the most superior of the Roman Empire. (See paragraph above for reasons.)

Each episode is a gem unto itself, and the acting is superb. What more can I say? Needless to gild the lily!! Amen to the vote on Best Series in TV History


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