Last Monday was the 2031st birthday of the Roman Emperor, Claudius. Made famous in modern times by Robert Graves’s critically acclaimed novels, I, Claudius and Claudius the God, the stuttering monarch’s legacy was further cemented by the success of the 1980s BBC series based on Graves’s work. However, that lauded programme was not the first go at bringing Graves’s vision of the crippled emperor to the big screen.