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By Aloys Winterling

The notorious emperor Caligula governed Rome from A.D. 37 to forty-one as a tyrant who eventually grew to become a monster. a really clever and cruelly witty guy, Caligula made his contemporaries worship him as a god. He drank pearls dissolved in vinegar and ate meals lined in gold leaf. He compelled women and men of excessive rank to have intercourse with him, grew to become a part of his palace right into a brothel, and dedicated incest together with his sisters. He desired to make his horse a consul. Torture and executions have been the order of the day. either smooth and old interpretations have concluded from this alleged facts that Caligula used to be insane. yet used to be he?

This biography tells a special tale of the well known emperor. In a deft account written for a common viewers, Aloys Winterling opens a brand new point of view at the guy and his occasions. Basing Caligula on an intensive new review of the traditional assets, he units the emperor's tale into the context of the political process and the altering kin among the senate and the emperor in the course of Caligula's time and reveals a brand new rationality explaining his infamous brutality.

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69–72; Suetonius, Gaius Caligula, 10. 1, and Tiberius, fifty two. 2–3. town of Assos: Smallwood, records, no. 33, p. 29, ll. 15–17. Germanicus’s funeral procession: Tacitus, Annals, 2. seventy five. 1, three. 1–5. stipulations in historical Rome lower than Tiberius Cf. Levick, Tiberius. Salutatio on the homes of Augustus and Tiberius: Winterling, Aula Caesaris, 122–23. Trials for maiestas: Tacitus, Annals, three. 37. 1, three. 38. 1–2, three. 65–70; Suetonius, Tiberius, fifty eight; Dio, Roman background, fifty seven. 23. On Titius Sabinus: Tacitus, Annals, four. 184, four. 68–70; Dio, Roman heritage, fifty eight. 1. 1b. Capri: Tacitus, Annals, four. sixty seven; Suetonius, Tiberius, forty; Dio, Roman heritage, fifty eight. 1. 1. Sejanus’s salutatio: Dio, Roman historical past, fifty seven. 21. four, fifty eight. five. 2. Consulship via Sejanus: Tacitus, Annals, four. sixty eight. 2. Sejanus’s energy, honors, and downfall: Tacitus, Annals, four. seventy four; Suetonius, Tiberius, sixty five; Dio, Roman heritage, fifty eight. 4–11. Tiberius’s fearfulness: Suetonius, Tiberius, sixty three, 65–66. a dangerous formative years The poisoning of Drusus (II): Tacitus, Annals, four. 7, four. eight. 1. Nero and Drusus (III): Tacitus, Annals, four. eight. 3–4, four. 17. 1–2; Suetonius, Tiberius, fifty four. Enmity towards Agrippina and her sons: Tacitus, Annals, four. 12, four. 17. three; Suetonius, Tiberius, fifty four. Intrigue opposed to Agrippina at Tiberius’s dinner: Tacitus, Annals, four. fifty four; Suetonius, Tiberius, fifty three. 1. Intrigues opposed to Nero: Tacitus, Annals, four. 60. Arrest of Agrippina and Nero: Tacitus, Annals, four. sixty seven. 3–4. Caligula in the home of Livia and Antonia: Suetonius, Gaius Caligula, 10. 1. Caligula’s funeral oration for Livia: Tacitus, Annals, five. 1. four. dying of Nero: Suetonius, Tiberius, fifty four. 2, sixty one. 1; Dio, Roman heritage, fifty eight. eight. four. therapy of Drusus (III): Tacitus, Annals, 6. 23. 2, 6. 24, 6. forty. three; Dio, Roman background, fifty eight. three. eight. Intrigues and costs opposed to Caligula: Tacitus, Annals, 6. three. four, 6. five. 1, 6. nine. 2. Capri and the trail to the Throne Caligula strikes to Capri: Suetonius, Gaius Caligula, 10. 1. meant probabilities for the throne: Dio, Roman background, fifty eight. eight. 1–2. Dynastic status of Germanicus’s family members: Tacitus, Annals, five. four. 2; Suetonius, Tiberius, sixty five. 2. Avillius Flaccus: Philo, opposed to Flaccus, 9–11. demise of Drusus: Tacitus, Annals, 6. 23–24; Suetonius, Tiberius, fifty four. demise of Agrippina: Tacitus, Annals, 6. 25; Suetonius, Tiberius, fifty three. 1. Julius Agrippa and Caligula: Josephus, Jewish Antiquities, 18. 161–69, 183–92. The grammarian Seleucus: Suetonius, Tiberius, fifty six. Caligula’s schooling: Josephus, Jewish Antiquities, 18. 206. Tiberius’s scholarly pursuits: Suetonius, Tiberius, 70–71. Caligula’s quaestorship: Dio, Roman heritage, fifty eight. 23. 1. marriage ceremony in Antium: Tacitus, Annals, 6. 20; cf. Dio, Roman heritage (58. 25. 1), who locations the development within the 12 months 35. M. Junius Silanus: Tacitus, Annals, three. fifty seven. 1; Dio, Roman historical past, fifty nine. eight. 5–6. Marriages of Caligula’s sisters: Tacitus, Annals, 6. 15; Dio, Roman historical past, fifty eight. 20. 1. Tiberius’s will: Suetonius, Tiberius, seventy six. Macro’s aid, the affair with Ennia: Philo, The Embassy to Gaius, 32–33, 39–40, cf. sixty one; Suetonius, Gaius Caligula, 12. 2; Tacitus, Annals, 6. forty five. three; Dio, Roman heritage, fifty eight. 28. four. Tiberius’s final plans for the succession and danger for Caligula: Philo, opposed to Flaccus, 11–12, and The Embassy to Gaius, 24–25, forty-one, fifty eight; Suetonius, Tiberius, sixty two.

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