Comments: 8
BrokenTune 9 months ago
What do you reckon? Is the title "I am Livia" a take on "I, Claudius"?
Sorry kids, no feet. 9 months ago
Possibly a tribute to Graves. However, I have never actually read I, Claudius. I've started it a few times but never been able to read more than a few chapters. I just don't have the attention span it requires.
BrokenTune 9 months ago
Well, whether there is a connection or not, this does look like an interesting book. I'm intrigued by the author's choice of writing from Livia's perspective. I believe most, if not all, of what I have read about Ancient Rome was written from a male POV.
Sorry kids, no feet. 9 months ago
That seems to be my experience too. Kate Quinn's Ancient Rome novels are among some of my favorites and they alternate between male and female POV. Off the top of my head, I can't really think of anything else.
Have you tried watching the screen adaptation of "I, Claudius" instead? It's excellent! (Starring Siân Phillips as Lydia, btw ... and of course Derek Jacobi as Claudius, and a young and be-wigged Patrick Stewart as Sejanus!)
Sorry kids, no feet. 9 months ago
No but I might have to. If Patrick Stewart is in it, I might even be able to talk someone else in my house into watching.
hmbryan 9 months ago
Stumbled upon your review and this comment thread and wanted to add my voice to Themis's to say I, CLAUDIUS is definitely worth a watch! I mean, Patrick Stewart... enough said, right?! I haven't read it either, but the movie is great :-)
Come to think of it, I need to watch it again, too ... :) (Besides listening to the audio version narrated by Derek Jacobi, that is. :D)