I, Claudius

Poison is Queen

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 10/11/76
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  • Episode Description
  • The battle lines are drawn for control of the Empire - Augustus, Germanicus, Postumus and Claudius on one side; Livia and Tiberius on the other. But will Livia descend to the ultimate treachery to win the throne for her son?

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick Stewart

    Sejanus

  • George Baker

    Tiberius

  • Brian Blessed

    Augustus

  • Si├ón Phillips

    Livia

  • Jack Pullman

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Livia: I must have been nodding when I gave birth to you. Tiberius: I sometimes wonder, mother, whether you ever did anything so natural as giving birth.

    • Tiberius: (to Livia, in reference to Augustus) Are you drinking because he nearly died, or because he didn't?

    • Livia: (telling Claudius he mustn't give a public reading of his new book) I won't have you making a laughing stock of my family! Claudius: I'm buh..buh..buh...buh...better when I'm rehearsed. Livia: So's a trained monkey, but he still looks and sounds every inch a monkey.

    • Augustus: (to Postumus) There are places in the world where they've made a God out of me. My own family have made me a fool.

    • Claudius I'm not allowed in the Senate. Livia: No. Neither am I. They won't allow me in because I'm a woman and they won't allow you in because you're a fool. And that's strange, when you come to think of it, because it's filled with nothing but old women and fools.

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode is set 14 A.D. This year sees the death of Augustus, and Tiberius begins his reign as emperor.

    • Patrick Stewart, (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation) playing Sejanus, first appears in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • Nitpick: When Augustus tells Fabius Maximus that he's seen an omen of his coming death, an eagle circling the Temple of Agrippa and then landing on the "A" of the Temple's dedication, Fabius tells him that Augustus can't be sure of his interpretation of the augury because he's not an expert. But Augustus, like most of the pre Christian Emperors of Rome, was also Pontifex Maximus, the chief priest of Rome. As such he would be very familiar with interpreting auguries, and ought to be considered an expert on the subject.

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