fuckyeahiclaudius

From I, Claudius: A Television Epic. 

Antonia: [to Claudius] You blockhead.
Herod: No. He's not a blockhead. It's we who are the blockheads. If Sejanus had come to us with a proposal like that we would have given him his marching orders. But Claudius knows better. Claudius sways and bends with each little wind that blows.
Agrippina: By which you mean he's weak and cowardly.
Herod: Perhaps. But at least he's still here.
Tiberius: Rome deserves you. I will nurse you like a viper in her bosom.
Caligula: Is that a joke, uncle?
Tiberius: No, but it will be.
Tiberius: Do you know him personally?
Caligula: No, but I've slept with his wife several times.

greedy-little-boots:

fuckyeahiclaudius:

Challenge: figure out what horrific, embarrassing, and/or nefarious event precipitated these bouts of laughter. 

Livia (picture 1) is laughing at Claudius because she has changed Augustus’ will to benefit herself and Tiberius, she’s also just insulted Claudius and called him a ‘jackass’.
Tiberius (picture 2) is laughing because he is to be allowed back in Rome because Augustus needs him now that Lucius has drowned.
Thrasyllus (picture 3) is laughing in the same scene as Tiberius, but more because his life has just been saved (Tiberius was going to throw him off a cliff if no good news came his way).
Tiberius (picture 4) is laughing with Caligula because they are plotting Sejanus’ downfall which they were informed of through Antonia’s letter.
Augustus and co. (picture 5) are laughing at Claudius’ first wedding because his bride is embarrassingly taller than him. (Same goes for Antonia in picture 6 and Livilla in picture 7.)
Caligula (picture 8) is laughing at the mud-soaked Claudius’ using poetry to try to dissuade him to execute his brother-in-law and his friend.

Correct! 

Challenge: figure out what horrific, embarrassing, and/or nefarious event precipitated these bouts of laughter. 

cinemaocd:

Tiberius!  Comfort Julia. 

cinemaocd:

Tiberius!  Comfort Julia. 

Did you know the last time she spoke to me was when Caligula burned the house down? Even then, all she said was, “If you haven’t got a bucket, piss on it.”
Claudius, of Livia
Livia: If you prune any more of that there'll be nothing left.
Augustus: What are you now, an expert on gardening? Is that something else you've become lately?
Livia: I'm only telling you. The gardners all complained you spoiled them last year.
Augustus: And whose garden is this? How long have we been married?
Livia: Don't you remember?
Augustus: Fifty years, and in all that time you've never been able to tell one plant from another. And now, suddenly, you know all there is to know about pruning. Wonderful!
Livia: I think your brain's going soft, you know that? Nobody can talk to you any more.
Augustus: Anyone can talk to me at any time, except you. You don't talk to people. You bully them.
Livia: This conversation is becoming ridiculous.
Augustus: Wrong, this conversation was ridiculous from the start.