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I, Claudius: Hey, Kids! Let’s Restore the Republic!

As I mentioned last time, the theme of I, Claudius is the tension between monarchy and republic. The show beautifully contrasts the immorality of the Principate with the supposed moral virtue of the Republic. 1,800 more words

History

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Underworld: Evolution is an odd film. It does not work well as a stand-alone, as it is very much tacked-on to the first film – its plot starting only minutes (60 to 90 minutes tops) after the end of… 865 more words

Mainstream

I, Claudius: Republic vs Monarchy

One of the major themes in I, Claudius is the tension between the concept of the Roman Republic and the reality of the new Roman monarchy. 2,140 more words

History

I, Claudius: First Comments

As I was growing up in the 1970s, my parents were devotees of Masterpiece Theater, which ran a seemingly endless series of BBC costume dramas. 1,029 more words

TV Shows

Throwback Thursday: 'Cinderella' (2015)

The Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) transforms the animals and Cinderella (Lily James), so she can attend the Royal ball.

Film

Random Musings: A look back at I, Claudius

Every few years, I re-watch the 1976 BBC production of I, Claudius. In light of the recent death of John Hurt, who played the emperor Caligula in that production, now seemed an appropriate time to revisit that series. 806 more words