I, Claudius

Season 1 Episode 8

Reign of Terror

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Aired Unknown Nov 01, 1976 on BBC Two
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Livilla's passion for Sejanus brings his Reign of Terror to a horrific climax.

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      • Claudius: (as Antonia guards Livilla's room, ignoring her daughter's screams) What are you doing? Well, what are you going to do with her?! (he tries to break open the door) For Heaven's sake, let her out! How long are you going to leave her in there?!
        Antonia: Until she dies.
        Claudius: Dies? Dies?! Have you gone mad? She's your daughter! How can you leave her to die?!
        Antonia: That's her punishment.
        Claudius: How can you bear to sit out here and listen to this?
        Antonia: And that's mine!

      • {Regarding Macro}
        Tiberius: Do you know him personally?
        Caligula: No, but I've slept with his wife several times.
        Tiberius: And is deception with the wife regarded these days as a sound introduction to the husband?!
        Caligula: He knows about that. I told you, he's ambitious.

      • Antonia: You are the biggest fool any mother was ever punished with. Who cares about your stupid history? Nobody is going to read it, anyway and certainly not Tiberius. The only way you would get him to read it is if you drew naked women all over it. Then he'd only look at the pictures.

      • Gallus: You're a lesson in history to me, Sejanus. Proving that above all mankind needs its sense of smell.

      • Sejanus: (Showing him a confession) Sign it!
        Gallus: You wrote it. You sign it.
        (Guards hit him)
        Sejanus: Sign it. You will before we've finished with you.
        Gallus: I'll sign nothing for you to produce after I'm dead. Bring me to trial or murder me and take the consequences.
        Sejanus: There will be no trial. I have no need of a trial to prove your guilt.
        Gallus: A song sung by every small-town corrupt policeman, which is what you are and what you should have stayed.

      • Gallus: (Being Arrested) You'd better hurry with your history of Carthage, Claudius. There'll soon be no one left to read it.

      • Caligula: To tell you the truth, I couldn't give a damn about Drusus and Nero.
        Claudius: But they're your brothers.
        Caligula: Yes, I know. But then you don't like Aunt Livilla and she is her sister. Now I love my sisters, uncle.
        Claudius: Yes, I know.

      • Tiberius: My dear, you look like a Greek tragedy.
        Agripinna: And you look like a Roman farce.

      • Antonia: Understand this: that though my daughter has lived in my house since the death of her husband, we are not on friendly terms. I despise her though she is my daughter and I'll ask no favor of her. I despise that man I know to be her lover and you too I despise: for having married him knowing what he was. And now you complain because he treats you as you were once content to see him treat others. You disgust me, all of you. You and people like you have made a sewer of Rome, fit only for rats to live in. Honor, service, duty mean nothing anymore. Oh your children are everything to you and what of Rome? All you are you owe to Rome. But you destroyed it all of you with your greedy ambition and your petty selfishness. Well then enjoy what you have made of it but don't come crying to me!

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