updated: 05/12/2005

period: I, Claudius

Two of the key women in Claudius’s life were his grandmother Livia (Siân Phillips) and his mother Antonia (Margaret Tyzack) both of whom were portrayed into their old age in this twelve part epic mini-series from 1976. Siân Phillips dominated the first six episodes with her memorable portrayal of the evil matriarch of the family whose family business was to rule the world and who ended her life wishing to be made a god so that she would not be punished in the after-life for her many murders.

Pam Meager was credited as makeup artist; Christopher Tucker designed the special makeups.

For those who want to know more about the background but not enough to want to actually read Suetonius, Dio Cassius or Tacitus there is the wonderful I, Claudius Project which analyses each episode to determine what is supported by Robert Graves’ novels and/or the ancient evidence.