I, Claudius

Season 1 Episode 13

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Aired Unknown Dec 06, 1976 on BBC Two
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Claudius is urged to marry and chooses the poisonous Agrippinilla so that he can use her talents to help him govern. He knows that she has imperial ambitions for her son Nero but intends to out-manoeuvre her and implement his plan for a restored Republic.

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      • {Last line}
        Sybil: Farewell, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus. God of the Britons. One time Emperor of the Roman world. Farewell.

      • (Claudis is seeing ghosts from the past.)
        Augustus: Well done, Claudius. Emperor after all. Who would have thought it, eh?
        Livia: You're a fool, boy. You always were. People say it's not your fault. But if it's not your fault, whose fault is it, eh?
        Antonia: Your nose is still running, Claudius. It's still running.
        (Caligula tries to speak. Tiberius taps him on the shoulder.)
        Tiberius: Just a minute. Just wait your turn. Wasn't worth it, was it? I could have told you that.
        Caligula: Uncle Claudius, I wasn't that Messiah after all. Couldn't believe it. Could have knocked me over with a feather when they told me.

      • {To Agrippinilla}
        Claudius: I'm marrying you for my head, my dear, not your heart - of which I suspect you have very little.
        Agrippinilla: Well then, that suits me. You're not the sort of lover one dreams of.
        Claudius: Certainly not the sort you dream of. Still I won't discuss your dreams . . . not on a full stomach.

      • {About their marriage}
        Claudius: Does it not worry you, my dear, that you will be committing incest? Oops. You've done that so many times before, haven't you? Hmm. With your brother Caligula?
        Agrippinilla: We all did things during the reign of my mad brother that we might not otherwise have done.
        Claudius: That's true, that is true. Although some us did them a little more willingly than others, didn't we?

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      • The scene with Claudius and the ghosts of his predecessors is based on a play written by Nero's tutor Seneca, called Apocolocyntosis divi Claudii (The Pumpkinification of the Divine Claudius). In the play, Claudius is dead and he wants to become a God like the others of his family. He almost makes his case, but Augustus convinces the others to send him to the Underworld, where he becomes the slave of Caligula for all eternity.

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