“The hairy fifth to enslave the State,
To enslave the State, though against his will,
Shall be that idiot whom all despised,
He shall have hair in a generous mop,
He shall give Rome water and winter bread,
And die at the hand of his wife, no wife,
To the gain of his son, no son.” The Sibylline prophecy which Claudius found among the private papers of Augustus and could not fail to recognise in this description of the last great Caesar but one, himself, the paralytic idiot ‘Clau- Clau_Claudius’ as he was derisively nicknamed”.
I didn't realise that Claudius stuttered, but I do realise the importance of Robert Graves, most importantly for me, his epic The White Goddess.... now do I have a copy of THAT to offer you?
Are you young and free and got a yen to educate yourself? Education and opening I wish on you. This will educate you somewhat in the mode of the whole Ramsay debacle and debate happening in the tertiary education sector where a few people, under the slippery guise of 'canon' are saying that the West trumps all, and Trump it, it sadly does.
Still well bound despite the cover condition
First published 1934, this edition a 1964 reprint of the 1954 edition (first time in one volume)