The memoir spanned the time of Augustus Caesar, Tiberius, Caligula, and Claudius' succession to emperor after Caligula's assassination.
The novel is filled with political machinations, lust, and murders. Ironically when the Petronian Guard chooses Claudius as the new emperor, he doesn't want it. Yet, he soldiers on for 13 years until he's allegedly poisoned so Nero could succeed him.
In 1937, Robert Graves' book was to be made into an epic movie, I, Claudius, starring Charles Laughton as the title role. But the serious injuries of one the irreplaceable actresses aborted the completion of the epic movie.
Some of the archives of this shelved film were recovered in the 1965 documentary, The Epic that Neve Was.
One of the greatest scenes:
* Profiteering from their position
* Abusing their office with excesses, such as gluttony
* Providing substandard goods to agencies for great cost
Promises of the new regime sound familiar?
* Stop profiteering and bribery
* Replace corrupt politicians with those who love their country better than their purses
* Drain the Roman swamp
2000 years later...
So far, the book has not been made into the epic movie. Yet, it did eventually make it to the small screen of television.
In 1976, the BBC produced a 13-part miniseries, I, Claudius, with a cast of great actors and actresses.