Robert Graves Archive: Audio and Video Resources
This page contains links to useful multimedia items available on the web.
The four recordings of Graves reading his own work were available as early
as 1994, though they disappeared for a while, before being relocated to an
archive area of the original
Internet Town Hall web site. The Sun audio format
versions of these recordings are now available also from both the
Robert Graves Society web sites (the St John's College
site and its mirror in Canada), so they are likely to remain accessible
for the foreseeable future.
The Miranda Seymour interview was first broadcast on the 27th
September 1999 by WBUR in Boston. RealAudio format.
The audio and video clips in the 'I, Claudius' section of this page
became available in mid-1999. They have been made available by Earthstation
1, a Microsoft web site which exists to encourage users to
upgrade their multimedia applications: principally in this case to
applications which can handle Layer 3 mpeg encoding (please read the
notes about what you will need to play these files before downloading).
The site contains audio and video clips from many other television
programmes and films, and is located at:
Robert Graves reading his prose and poetry Four
recordings of Robert Graves reading are available from Harper Audio, via
the Internet Multicasting Service (Archive), in three audio formats.
Robert Graves, Part 1
Robert Graves reads an excerpt from "The White Goddess"
Robert Graves, Part 2
Robert Graves reads his poems "The Hills of May," "Angry
Samson," "In Procession," "Warning to Children,"
"The Cool Web," "Song of Contrariety," and "The
Robert Graves, Part 3
Robert Graves reads "Flying Crooked," "Any Honest
Housewife," "A Jealous Man," "The Cloak," "Time,"
"Ogres and Pygmies," "To Bring the Dead to Life,"
and "Like Snow."
Robert Graves, Part 4
Robert Graves reads his poems "To Juan at the Winter Solstice,"
"The Death Room," "My Name and I," "The
Survivor, " The Foreboding," "Cat-Goddesses," "The
Blue Fly," "Sirocco at Deya," and "Leaving the Rest
Seymour on Robert Graves: broadcast on WBUR
(Boston), plus phone-in.
In RealAudio format. The interviewer is
Chris Lydon. First broadcast on 27 September 1999 Available from WBUR. Includes Chris Lydon reading Graves poem: 'Flying
Crooked'. The interview took place to promote Miranda Seymour's novel
'The Telling', then receiving its American paperback publication under
the alternative title: 'Summer of '39'. Interestingly this programme (56
minutes) filled the second part of a two hour show, the first part of
which was an interview with Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web.
WBUR can be found at: http://www.wbur.org/
[links added 12 Nov 1999. Later file moved to Realserver: link updated 01 March 2000]
'I, Claudius' Audio and Video Clips
The theme music from the television series is available by
clicking on the 'I, Claudius' graphic which heads this section (the file
is about 1.5 megabytes in size). 120 audio clips are available from
Microsoft Earthstation 1: 65 from the BBC Television
series of 1976, with Derek Jacobi and John Hurt, and 55 from the
unfinished film made in 1939, with Charles Laughton and Merle Oberon. 10
video clips are available from the television series. If you need help
playing any of the Wavs (most of us), go to the Earthstation 1
Page, where you can download players able to deal with Layer 3 mpeg
encoded Wav files. With the exception of Macintosh users, that is, who are
referred to a version of SoundApp which dates from 1997
- before the public advent of mpeg encoded Wav files. Even the latest
version of SoundApp, available elsewhere, cannot play these files, I'm
afraid. Users of various versions of Windows can download a new version of
Media Player, which has the necessary codecs to deal
with this new Wav format.
The 10 video clips are highlighted in bold (they require the latest
version of RealPlayer). Altogether they amount to around twenty minutes
of the series. They should come in at about 22 kb a second: if you have
a slow dialup connection the clips may jump or not play at all. It is
recommended that these clips are viewed at the default Realplayer size:
just imagine that you are travelling Virgin Atlantic to or from Europe
and are watching one of the little screens mounted on the back of the
seat in front. My favourite is Macro announcing that Caligula has become
a god, closely followed by Livia's address to the gladiators.
All of the sound & video files listed here were digitized in 1999
by James Charles Kaelin.
Links to other 'I, Claudius' sites,
which provide plot summaries, still photographs, critcal essays,
timelines, and Graves' Latin sources, are available from this site.
Audio and Video from the BBC 'I, Claudius' Television
Series (Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, 1976)
The family of young Claudius cries out at the spectacle of eagles in
aerial battle over a wolf cub.
Domitius reads the portent of the eagles that have fought over the wolf
cub they then dropped into Claudius' lap.
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!"
Claudius' grandmother, the Empress Livia: "Does Lucius (her
grandson) know you're plowing his mother's furrow with such ferocious
skill and energy?"
Livia: "(Laughs) Oh, you've a mighty high opinion of yourself,
Livia: "Do you imagine that I would stoop to buying you off when I
could swat you like a fly if I wanted to?"
Livia: "Hold your tongue. I will tell you what I want and you will
The historian Pollio gives Claudius the advice that will henceforth
guide his behavior throughout his life.
From the above - Pollio: "Look here, Claudius, I'll give you some
Pollio: "It's a pleasure to talk to you, my boy, I must find Livy!"
Augustus Caesar raves about Quinctilius Varus' loss of the Imperial
Eagles (atop Roman standards) to Cherusci tribes in the military debacle
of Tuetoburg Forest.
From the above - "Those damn barbarians have got my eagles!"
From the same - "Quinctilius Varus, WHERE ARE MY EAGLES?"
A RealVideo clip of Livia's chilling address to the gladiators about to
perform at games held in the honor of her son Drusus Nero Germanicus,
father of Claudius.
From the above - Livia begins her address to the gladiators.
From the same - Livia continues her address, warning against "kiss-in-the-ring
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!"
From the same - Livia warns the gladiators that they will be sent "to
the mines in Numidia" if they do not meet her demands.
A RealVideo clip of another classic moment: Sejanus' interrogation of
From the above, the interrogation begins.
From the same, Sejanus tries a soft touch with Gallus after having
him roughed up.
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
The interrogation continues as Gallus delivers a cutting speech to
Sejanus of great depth and stirring insight, in the midst of being
beaten into unconciousness .
From the above, Gallus cites Sejanus as an example of "a small
mind allied to unlimited ambition".
From the same, Gallus refers to Sejanus as "the putrifaction
that spreads after death" with regard to the corruption of Roman
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.
A RealVideo clip of Caligula's ascension to the Emperorship, just prior
to the revelation that the previous Emperor, Tiberius, wasn't quite dead
The above in .wav format.
From the above - Macro: "Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen, I'm
sure there's been some sort of mistake!"
A RealVideo clip of Caligula's second, and final, ascension to the
The above in .wav format.
Claudius reports to Drusilla and Herod the "metamorphosis" of
Caligula into a god.
From the above - Claudius to Herod: "My friend, this could be
the best thing that ever happened to us!"
Macro announces to the Senate and city officials the "metamorphosis"
of Caligula into a god.
The above in .wav format.
From the above - Macro announces that Caligula has become a god.
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."
Senator Lentilus: "Gentleman - posterity will envy us!"
Herod: "Posterity will call you an ass, you idiot!"
Caligula recounts to Cassius the progress of his argument with a river
Caligula: "O, by Jove! Which is always to say 'by Myself'!"
From the above, the sound of Caligula laughing.
A RealVideo clip of Caligula's return to Rome, fresh from the German and
From the above, Caligula addresses the Senate and city officials.
From the same, Caligula displays the booty won from battle with Neptune.
Excerpt from the above - Caligula: "Show them our booty!"
Excerpt from the same - Caligula: "He-he-he won't take me on
again in a hurry!"
From the same RealVideo file as the above - Caligula prepares to
decapitate each member of the reception delegation.
From the above - Caligula: "That won't save you!"
Another classic moment - Caligula in drag summons a pre-dawn viewing of
his own choreographic production of "The Dance of Dawn".
The above in .wav format.
Caligula invites the racehorse-come-senator Incitatus to Claudius'
The above in .wav format.
From the same as the above - Caligula: "Let the auspices be taken."
The penultimate moment of the series - a reluctant Claudius addresses
the Senators on his conditions for becoming Emperor of Rome.
From the above, the Imperial Fanfare.
From the same, Claudius begins his address.
From the same, Claudius parries the objections of the Senate.
From the same, Claudius answers the final Senatorial objection with his
most noble moment in the series.
An excerpt from the above - Claudius winningly answers the accusation
that he is "half-witted".
An excerpt from the same as the above - Claudius: "Evidently,
quality of wits is more important than quality".
From the same RealVideo clip as the above, Claudius concludes his
address to the Senators.
From the same, Claudius: "Now you may all leave my house!"
Claudius justifies to Herod his writing a true history
of his family - for the benefit of his dead friends.
Herod gives Claudius some good advice - advice as much for dealing with
people such as himself as anyone else.
From the above - Herod: "Trust no one, my friend - no one."
Claudius' advisors Pallas and Narcissus argue the price of corn in
relation to the Emperor's plans for a new harbour.
From the above - Narcissus: "But that is sheer sophistry - one
cannot argue with you!"
Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out."
Claudius: "(Quietly & laughing) Let all the poisons that
lurk in the mud...hatch out!"
A RealVideo clip of Claudius' last address to the Senate.
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".
A RealVideo clip of the death of the Emperor Claudius.
From the above, Sybill helps prepare Claudius for the final journey
An excerpt from the above, Sybill: "It's time to go, Claudius. The
Ferryman is waiting."
From the same RealVideo clip, Sybill bids Claudius "Fare-Well".
'I, Claudius' Movie Audio Files (Charles Laughton, Merle
Caligula teases Claudius about teaching his pigs to read "so as to
have readers for all the Roman histories you write."
Caligula and Claudius meet Livia for dinner.
From the above - Caligula: "Grandmother, do you remember my dear
uncle Claudius, who prefers the society of pigs to that of the court?"
Caligula: "Grandmother - think of his table manners!"
Livia to Caligula: "Be silent, you impudent puppy!"
Livia: "Am I right, Claudius?"
Caligula: "Don't let him start talking, he might have a stroke!"
Senator Asiaticus pompously calls for a 50 gold piece bonus to be paid
to each soldier in the Army.
After objection is raised to Asiaticus' proposal, Caligula calls an for
an end "to this oratory".
From the above - Caligula: "Enough of this oratory!"
Caligula arrogantly demands payment of a bonus to the Army.
From the above - Caligula: "Are the married people taxed? No! Well,
then tax them. Tax the single. Tax those that have children, and those
that have not. Tax those who ride, and those that go on foot. Tax those
that have doors and windows, and tax those that haven't any!"
Senators unctiously agree to Caligula's call for higher taxes.
From the above - Asiaticus: "I could not have expressed such lofty
sentiments better myself."
Caligula "rewards" the Senate with the induction of the
racehorse Incitatus as a fellow Senator.
Caligula declares he'll "honor this noble house" by appointing
Incitatus as a Senator.
Thrasyllus greets Claudius with "Ah, my Lord Claudius! I hope
Claudius (Charles Laughton): "I limp with my tongue and stutter
with my leg! Nature never quite finished me."
From the above - Claudius: "Nature never quite finished me."
Claudius movingly recounts his various maladies to Thrasyllus.
Claudius is forced to humor Caligula in the midst of his delusion that
he has become a god.
From the above - Claudius: "It's good to see you're better, Caesar."
From the same - Caligula: "It's the most momentous transformation
that any human being has ever achieved!"
From the same - Caligula: "A prophecy is about to be fulfilled. I
From the same - Caligula: "A prophecy is about to be fulfilled."
From the same - Claudius: "I hope your condition is not too
painful!" Caligula: "It is painful to be ones own mother!"
From the same - Claudius: "I hope your condition is not too
Caligula: "Well, idiot! Can't you see any change in me?"
Claudius: "I was blind not to see it instantly - you're no longer
human! May I be the first to worship you as a go-go-go-go-god..."
From the above - Caligula: "Well, idiot!"
From the same: Claudius: "I was blind not to see it instantly -
you're no longer human! May I be the first to worship you as a
From the same: Caligula: "It took you a long time to perceive that
I'm no longer human!"
Caligula declares his "first act as god" will be one of
clemency - a postponement of Claudius' death.
From the above - Caligula: "My first act as god shall be one of
Caligula: "Behold! I am generous as only a god could be! I sentence
you to death, Claudius, in the most beautiful possible way!"
From the above - Caligula: "Behold! I am generous as only a god
From the same - Caligula: "I sentence you to death, Claudius, in
the most beautiful possible way!"
Asiaticus insults Claudius as the latter appears in the Senate for
deliberations over whether or not to approve him as Emperor.
A Senator passionately declares his support of Claudius for Emperor.
The Army & Senate argue over whether or not to approve Claudius as
In one of the great moments of cinema, Claudius addresses the Senate as
they deliberate whether or not to approve him as Emperor.
From the above - Claudius ripostes to Senator Sentius.
An excerpt from the above - Claudius: "I thought your talents were
confined to neighing like a horse!"
From the same as those above: Claudius: "Is there anyone else who
wishes to call attention to my misfortunes - or shall I call attention
An excerpt from the above: Claudius: "Is there anyone else who
wishes to call attention to my misfortunes?"
From the same as those above - Claudius calls upon each demagogue
Senator in turn to face up to his accusations.
An excerpt from the above - Claudius: "Not only are you a pompous
ass and a hypocrite, but you've acquired your position through bribery!"
An excerpt from the same as the above - Claudius: "Not only are you
a profiteer, but since we're dealing in personalities, you're a stuffed
and puffed-up glutton!"
An excerpt from the same - Claudius: "You'd sell your soul for the
tail-end of an anchovy!"
From the same as those above- Claudius: "Since no one else seems
eager to show his eloquence, I will inform you of the conditions upon
which I will accept your support."
From the same - Claudius gives the Senate his conditions for becoming
An excerpt from the same - Claudius: "I, Claudius!"
From the same as those above - Claudius: "I will break everything
rotten in this Senate like an old dry twig!"
Claudius gives the Army the conditions upon which he will become Emperor
and passes judgment upon the assassins of Caligula.
An excerpt from the above - Claudius: "You didn't strike for your
country. You killed in the name of your own private grudges."
An excerpt from the same as the above - Claudius: "What fate do you
consider you deserve?"
The original Earthstation locations for the
TV Sounds Page; and the original
Claudius Movie Page
All 'I, Claudius' files digitized by James Charles Kaelin.
'I, Claudius' files added to this page 16 August 1999.
Page updated 06 March 2000
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