Claudius the God by Robert Graves

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Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to develop into, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. the following he recounts his unusually winning reign: how he cultivates the loyalty of the military and the typical humans to fix the wear attributable to Caligula; his relatives with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of england. however the growing to be paranoia of absolute energy and the infidelity of his promiscuous younger spouse Messalina suggest that his success won't final endlessly. during this moment a part of Robert Graves's fictionalized autobiography, Claudius - wry, rueful, continually inquisitive - brings to existence probably the most scandalous and violent instances in history.

Includes an creation by means of Barry Unsworth, in addition to explanatory footnotes.

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151 Stylistic battles could easily spill over into social antipathies. 154 The sophist trod a verbal tightrope, and there were always critics and connoisseurs waiting for him to fall off. Thirdly, sophists had to cope with the constant pressure of pupils. 159 As regards the rest of mankind, the arrogance which fortified a sophist in his professional life might be felt to serve him conspicuously ill when dealing with the outside world. 160 Sophists were prone to melodramatic gesture, and could lay themselves open to envy or vindictiveness.

But the image of the professional sophist could still include the element of training for political success—in however limited a form. Libanius was not alone in the fourth century in surviving in bulk. 205 The strong philosophic colouring of both Themistius and Julian serves as a reminder that this aspect of a sophist’s equipment could still be summoned to the fore;206 and the social eminence of sophists showed no signs of abating, even if their capacity to influence local events in a more totalitarian system could have been much lessened.

37 It is of one of his most highly regarded pupils, Hadrian of Tyre, however, that we have perhaps the most flamboyant image: And whenever he had performed he went home an object of envy, escorted by a throng of Hellenes from all over. For these men held him in awe, just as the tribes of Eleusis hold in awe the initiating priest who performs the rites with great distinction. He secured their loyalty with games and drinking-parties and hunts, and by sharing the Hellenic festivals with them. In this way he shared the interests of young men in this or that activity with the result that they responded to him like sons to a father who is friendly and kind, and joins with them in keeping up the revelry with truly Hellenic abandon.

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