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Even as his symptoms began to wane in his teenage years, he ran into trouble for his work as a budding historian. This episode reinforced their initial suspicions that Claudius was not fit for public office. This is how he was defined by scholars for most of history, and Graves uses these peculiarities to develop a sympathetic character whose survival in a murderous dynasty depends upon his family’s incorrect assumption that he is a harmless idiot. Graves translated Suetonius before writing the novels.
Claudius came to him in a dream one night and demanded that his real story be told. The penultimate verse concerns his own reign, and Claudius assumes that he can tell the identity of the last emperor described. At Cumae, the Sibyl tells Claudius that he will “speak clear. Claudius believes this means that his secret memoirs will be one day found, and that he, having therein written the truth, will speak clearly, while his contemporaries, who had to distort their histories to appease the ruling family, will seem like stammerers. This enables Graves to offer explanations of Latin wordplay or etymologies that would be unnecessary for native Latin speakers. Claudius reveals that these untimely deaths are all the machinations of Augustus’ cold wife Livia, who seeks to make her son Tiberius succeed Augustus.