The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.
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1976  
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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Sir John Hurt (Caligula) plays the great-grandson of Siân Phillips (Livia), who is only six and a half years older than him. In reality, Livia was already sixty-nine years old when Caligula was born in 12 A.D. See more »

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Marcus Agrippa is shown as being much older than Augustus, even though historically they were the same age. See more »

Quotes

[On seeing your ex-spouse in secret]
Livia: You saw Julia's mother after your divorce.
Augustus: Yes, but not in secret.
Livia: Well I don't remember being present...
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Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: Picture Perfect (2008) See more »

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Under rated actors doing Oscar caliber performances
23 December 2004 | by (salt lake city) – See all my reviews

Absolutely glorious series. All the actors in this series are in or have been in American films but they have always been underrated and are some of the best actors alive. There are more dames and knights than you can believe. Derek Jacobi is breathtaking in his performance. Sian Phillips is subtly evil. John Hurt as Caligula shines with madness. The sets are unbelievable considering the small budget they had. The most shocking thing is that everything in one sense or another is true. These people really did die these ways. It will take you completely out of your everyday life and deposit you in the world of the Romans.


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