Claudius the God
by Robert Graves
Picking up where the extraordinarily interesting I, Claudius ends, Claudius the God tells the tale of Claudius’ 13-year reign as Emperor of Rome. Naturally, it ends when Claudius is murdered–believe me, it’s not giving anything away to say this; the surprise is when someone doesn’t get poisoned. While Claudius spends most of his time before becoming emperor tending to his books and his writings and trying to stay out of the general line of corruption and killings, his life on the throne puts him into the center of the political maelstrom.