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Download Selection The family of young Claudius cries out at the spectacle of eagles in aerial battle over a wolf cub.


Download Selection Domitius reads the portent of the eagles that have fought over the wolf cub they then dropped into Claudius' lap.


Download Selection From the above - Claudius' sister Livilla: "Claudius as 'Protector of Rome'! I hope I shall be dead by then!" Claudius' mother Antonia: "Go to your room! You shall have nothing to eat for the rest of the day!"


Download Selection Claudius' grandmother, the Empress Livia: "Does Lucius (her grandson) know you're plowing his mother's furrow with such ferocious skill and energy?"


Download Selection Livia: "(Laughs) Oh, you've a mighty high opinion of yourself, haven't you?"


Download Selection Livia: "Do you imagine that I would stoop to buying you off when I could swat you like a fly if I wanted to?"


Download Selection Livia: "Hold your tongue. I will tell you what I want and you will provide it."


Download Selection The historian Pollio gives Claudius the advice that will henceforth guide his behavior throughout his life.


Download Selection From the above - Pollio: "Look here, Claudius, I'll give you some good advice."


Download Selection Pollio: "It's a pleasure to talk to you, my boy, I must find Livy!"


Download Selection Augustus Caesar raves about Quinctilius Varus' loss of the Imperial Eagles (atop Roman standards) to Cherusci tribes in the military debacle of Tuetoburg Forest.


Download Selection From the above - "Those damn barbarians have got my eagles!"


Download Selection From the same - "Quinctilius Varus, WHERE ARE MY EAGLES?"


Download Selection A RealVideo clip of Livia's chilling address to the gladiators about to perform at games held in the honor of her son Drusu Nero Germanicus, father of Claudius.


Download Selection From the above - Livia begins her address to the gladiators.


Download Selection From the same - Livia continues her address, warning against "kiss-in-the-ring stuff".


Download Selection From the same - a classic moment: "These games are being degraded by the increasing use of professional tricks to stay alive - and I won't have it!"


Download Selection From the same - Livia warns the gladiators that they will be sent "to the mines in Numidia" if they do not meet her demands.


Download Selection A RealVideo clip of another classic moment: Senjanus' interrogation of Asinius Gallus.


Download Selection From the above, the interrogation begins.


Download Selection From the same, Sejanus tries a soft touch with Gallus after having him roughed up.


Download Selection An excerpt from from the above - Gallus: "A song sung by every small town corrupt policeman, which is what you are, and what you should have stayed!"


Download Selection The interrogation continues as Gallus delivers a cutting speech of great depth and stirring insight in the midst of being beaten into unconciousness to Sejanus.


Download Selection From the above, Gallus cites Sejanus as an example of "a small mind allied to unlimited ambition".


Download Selection From the same, Gallus refers to Sejanus as "the putrifaction that spreads after death" with regard to the corruption of Roman rule.


Download Selection From the same, Gallus delivers the unforgettable line "You're a lesson in history to me, Sejanus - proving, that above all, manking needs its sense of SMELL!" before slipping into unconciousness. Sejanus orders he be brought round to continue his interrogation.


Download Selection A RealVideo clip of Caligula's ascension to the Emperorship, just prior to the revelation that the previous Emperor, Tiberius, wasn't quite dead yet.


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Download Selection From the above - Macro: "Gentleman, gentleman, gentleman, I'm sure there's been some sort of mistake!"


Download Selection A RealVideo clip of Caligula's second, and final, ascension to the Emperorship.


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Download Selection Claudius reports to Drusilla and Herod the "metamorphosis" of Caligula into a god.


Download Selection From the above - Claudius to Herod: "My friend, this could be the best thing that ever happened to us!"


Download Selection Macro announces to the Senate and city officials the "metamorphosis" of Caligula into a god.


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Download Selection From the above - Macro announces that Caligula has become a god.


Download Selection From the same - Macro declares that "although He (Caligula) is now a God, he is still the same loveable young man we've alway's known", and that He has "decided, for convenience, retain his mortal form - oh, and by the way, his sister Drusilla has become a goddess."


Download Selection Senator Lentilus: "Gentleman - posterity will envy us!" Herod: "Posterity will call you an ass, you idiot!"


Download Selection Caligula recounts to Cassius the progress of his argument with a river god.


Download Selection Caligula: "O, by Jove! Which is always to say 'by Myself'!"


Download Selection From the above, the sound of Caligula laughing.


Download Selection A RealVideo clip of Caligula's return to Rome, fresh from the German and "Neptunian" fronts.


Download Selection From the above, Caligula addresses the Senate and city officials.


Download Selection From the same, Caligula displays the booty won from battle with Neptune.


Download Selection Excerpt from the above - Caligula: "Show them our booty!"


Download Selection Excerpt from the same - Caligula: "He-he-he won't take me on again in a hurry!"


Download Selection From the same RealVideo file as the above - Caligula prepares to decapitate each member of the reception delegation.


Download Selection From the above - Caligula: "That won't save you!"


Download Selection Another classic moment - Caligula in drag summons a pre-dawn viewing of his own choreographic production of "The Dance of Dawn".


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Download Selection Caligula invites the racehorse-come-senator Incitatus to Claudius' wedding.


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Download Selection From the same as the above - Caligula: "Let the auspices be taken."


Download Selection The penultimate moment of the series - a reluctant Claudius addresses the Senators on his conditions for becoming Emperor of Rome.


Download Selection From the above, the Imperial Fanfare.


Download Selection From the same, Claudius begins his address.


Download Selection From the same, Claudius parries the objections of the Senate.


Download Selection From the same, Claudius answers the final Senatorial objection with his most noble moment in the series.


Download Selection An excerpt from the above - Claudius winningly answers the accusation that he is "half-witted".


Download Selection An excerpt from the same as the above - Claudius: "Evidently, quality of wits is more important than quality".


Download Selection From the same RealVideo clip as the above, Claudius concludes his address to the Senators.


Download Selection From the same, Claudius: "Now you may all leave my house!"


Download Selection Claudius justifies to Herod his writing a true history of his family - for the benefit of his dead friends.


Download Selection Herod gives Claudius some good advice - advice as much for dealing with people such as himself as anyone else.


Download Selection From the above - Herod: "Trust no one, my friend - no one."


Download Selection Claudius' advisors Pallas and Narcissus argue the price of corn in relation to the Emperor's plans for a new harbor.


Download Selection From the above - Narcissus: "But that is sheer sophistry - one cannot argue with you!"


Download Selection Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out."


Download Selection Claudius: "(Quietly & laughing) Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud...hatch out!"


Download Selection A RealVideo clip of Claudius' last address to the Senate.


Download Selection An excerpt from the above, Claudius makes a cryptic reference to "something" he has done to ensure that all the great people he had known "will all live again".


Download Selection A RealVideo clip of the death of the Emperor Claudius.


Download Selection From the above, Sybill helps prepare Claudius for the final journey after death.


Download Selection An excerpt from the above, Sybill: "It's time to go, Claudius. The Ferryman is waiting."


Download Selection From the same RealVideo clip, Sybill bids Claudius "Fare-Well".




Now be sure to visit the I, Claudius Movie Page - the unfinished 1939 masterpiece starring Charles Laughton as Claudius and Merle Oberon as Messilina!


All sound & video files digitized 1999 by J. C. Kaelin.





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