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Story of the rulers of ancient Rome, including the rise to power of Julius Caesar.

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Freddie Jones ...  Claudius 6 episodes, 1968
André Morell ...  Tiberius 5 episodes, 1968
Caroline Blakiston ...  Agrippina 4 episodes, 1968
Barrie Ingham ...  Sejanus 4 episodes, 1968
William Corderoy William Corderoy ...  Drusus 4 episodes, 1968
Ralph Bates ...  Caligula 3 episodes, 1968
Suzan Farmer ...  Livilla 3 episodes, 1968
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After years of civil war following the assassination of Julius Caesar, his adopted son Octavian manages to unite the various factions and assume control of the Roman Empire. Taking the name Augustus, he presides over an unparalleled period of growth and prosperity, but when he dies, the Empire is thrown into confusion by the corrupt and violent reigns of Tiberius and the insane Caligula. Written by GusF

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21 September 1968 (UK) See more »

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シーザーズ See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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(6 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Better than "I Claudius" by far
13 August 2006 | by drslopSee all my reviews

Having seen "The Caesars" when I was at school, I could not understand the swooning praise heaped on "I Claudius" which is comparatively superficial, inaccurate and a travesty.

To take just one example, the real Augustus was physically slight, intellectually subtle and personally formidable so casting Brian Blessed as Augustus in "I Claudius" was grotesquely wrong. Roland Culver was an infinitely better choice.

This was a series about the realities of power in any period - and rather closely followed the surviving record of the sophisticated and lurid Roman historian Suetonius.

The DVD was released in April 2006 - PAL/Region 2 - and is available from Amazon in the UK - but IMDb does not seem to have heard of this yet. The picture is sometimes rather dodgy but it is probably as good as we will get - and TV production was pretty rough in 1968 (compared to today's digitalised everything).

The writing and acting are still superb.


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