A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Robert Gravesís brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome Ė one of the most gripping historical novels ever written.
The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula, is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination. But in private, heís as sharp as they come, and keeps a secret history of everything he discovers. Until one day, as one of the few of his family left alive, he's acclaimed Emperor against his will. Can he save Rome from the corruption heís grown to detest?