Rome, 54 CE. Claudius marries Agrippinilla, mother of Nero and the deadliest woman in Rome. A prophecy has told him that Nero will be Rome’s next ruler. Claudius knowingly seals his fate and that of his own son by naming Nero his heir. He finishes his book and buries a copy to be found centuries later.
Rome, 54 CE. Claudius marries Agrippinilla, mother of Nero. A prophecy has told him that Nero will be Rome's next ruler. Claudius knowingly seals his fate and that of his own son by naming Nero his heir.
Rome, 47-48 CE. While Claudius is away invading Britain, Messalina challenges a leading prostitute to a tournament of sex. She wins, scandalizing Rome, but Claudius remains in the dark.
Rome, 41-43 CE. Under Claudius's rule, the empire's finances are improving. His beautiful wife, Messalina—a marriage arranged by Caligula—bears him two children and urges him to make an alliance with Silanus, governor of Spain.
Rome, 40-41 CE. Now totally mad, Caligula has turned the palace into a brothel, complete with gambling and orgies. His lame old uncle Claudius serves as doorkeeper. With the empire in financial ruin, conspirators plot an assassination.
Rome, 37-38 CE. On his deathbed, Tiberius names Caligula heir to the Roman throne. Then Caligula falls into a coma, awakens, and proclaims himself a god. He fears just one thing: his unborn son by his own sister.
Rome, 30-31 CE. The ambitious Sejanus, has destroyed nearly all of his enemies. Even Tiberius, is in danger. When he receives a smuggled warning letter, he wonders how to stop Sejanus, who has the guard's loyalty.
Rome, 23-29 CE. Tiberius lives only for his perverted pleasures, encouraged by the monstrous young Caligula. Sejanus forces Claudius to marry his sister, solidifying his alliance with the imperial family.
Rome, 19-20 CE. Tiberius rules Rome with help from Sejanus. When Claudius's popular brother, Germanicus, dies under mysterious circumstances, the Roman people protest.
Rome, 13-14 CE. After decades of deception, Augustus learns of Livia's plots and writes a new will naming Postumus his heir.
Rome, 9 CE. When Livia hears that Tiberius has a new rival, Julia's son Postumus, she quickly moves against him. Before he is banished, Postumus tells Claudius all he knows about Livia.
Rome, 3-5 CE. With Tiberius in exile, it seems that Livia has lost—but everyone Augustus chooses to succeed him dies inexplicably. An omen hints that Claudius might be more than he appears to be.
Rome, 24-9 BCE. Nearing the end of his life and surrounded by spies, Claudius, emperor of Rome, writes his family history.
Rome, 41-43 CE. Under Claudius’s rule, the empire’s finances are improving. His beautiful wife, Messalina—a marriage arranged by Caligula—bears him two children and urges him to make an alliance with Silanus, governor of Spain. A valued old friend warns Claudius to trust no one.
This epic BBC series spans the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus through Claudius. Winner of numerous awards, this riveting tale of ambition, debauchery, and intrigue remains one of the most acclaimed dramas in Masterpiece Theatre history.
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