One of his six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
I, Claudius by Robert GravesRead about the other books on Chase's list.
Graves's novel about Rome in the 1st century B.C. is a real trip back in time. When you're reading it, you want to go there every day. You want to follow events there, instead of the ones in your own life, because they're so startling.
I, Claudius also appears on Andrew Miller's top ten list of historical novels, Mark Malloch-Brown's list of his six favorite novels of empire, Annabel Lyon's top ten list of books on the ancient world, Lindsey Davis' top ten list of Roman books, and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best emperors in literature and ten of the best poisonings in literature.