He named his six favorite novels of empire for The Week magazine.
One title on his list:
I, Claudius by Robert GravesRead about another novel on the list.
For my generation, this was first a television dramatization, which drove us to the novel because it seemed to tell, through the prism of the Roman Empire, the story of the rise and fall of our own.
I, Claudius also appears on Annabel Lyon's top ten list of books on the ancient world, Lindsey Davis' top ten list of Roman books, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best poisonings in literature.