Caius Caligula: The Lives of the Caesars

Caius Caligula The Lives of the Caesars A gem of the biographical genre this captivating book contains the life accounts of twelve Roman emperors including Julius Caesar Suetonius not only presents the emperors as formidable rulers but al

  • Title: Caius Caligula: The Lives of the Caesars
  • Author: Suetonius
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  • Page: 417
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  • Caius Caligula: The Lives of the Caesars

    A gem of the biographical genre, this captivating book contains the life accounts of twelve Roman emperors, including Julius Caesar Suetonius not only presents the emperors as formidable rulers but also throws light on their personal lives His talent as a biographer is at its zenith as he takes us back in time with his eloquent narrative and vibrant descriptions MagnifiA gem of the biographical genre, this captivating book contains the life accounts of twelve Roman emperors, including Julius Caesar Suetonius not only presents the emperors as formidable rulers but also throws light on their personal lives His talent as a biographer is at its zenith as he takes us back in time with his eloquent narrative and vibrant descriptions Magnificent

    Caligula Emperor Biography Gaius Caesar, nicknamed Caligula or Little Boot, was born on August , in A.D He succeeded Tiberius as Roman emperor in A.D and adopted the name Gaius Caesar Germanicus Records depict him as a cruel and unpredictable leader. Caligula Biography Facts Britannica Caligula, byname of Gaius Caesar, in full Gaius Caesar Germanicus, born August , ce, Antium, Latium Italy died January , , Rome , Roman emperor from to ce, in succession after Tiberius. Caligula Caligula k l j l Latin Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus August January AD was Roman emperor from AD to AD The son of Germanicus, a popular Roman general, and Agrippina the Elder, the granddaughter of Augustus, Caligula was born into the first ruling family of the Roman Empire The Madness of Caligula Ancient Origins Caligula subsequently made it a crime for anyone to mention a goat in his presence, punishable by death Caligula Depositing the Ashes of his Mother and Brother in the Tomb of his Ancestors by Eustache Le Sueur Image source Wikiart A few short months after Caligula became Emperor, he became seriously ill. Roman Emperors DIR Caligula Introduction Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus b A.D , d A.D , emperor A.D represents a turning point in the early history of the Principate. A biography of Gaius Caligula A.D our civilisation Gaius Caligula was born on August, A.D during the consulship shared by his father with Gaius Fonteius Capito His birthplace is disputed According to Gnaeus Lentulus Caligula Ancient History Encyclopedia Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was Roman emperor from to CE Among the great emperors of the Roman Empire stand Augustus and BBC History Caligula Caligula , properly Gaius Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus , was the third Roman emperor, in succession to Tiberius He has gone down in history, perhaps unfairly, as Rome s most tyrannical emperor, but since we lack Tacitus account of his short reign, it is impossible to know the truth behind the wilder stories. Emperor Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus Throughout the centuries the name of Caligula has been synonymous with madness and infamy, sadism and perversion. Caligula Ancient History HISTORY Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus was born in A.D the third son of the renowned Roman general Germanicus and his wife, Agrippina the Elder During his childhood, his family lived at his father s posting on the Rhine, where the general s troops gave the future emperor his nickname Caligula, meaning little boot, in reference to Weird Things You Didn t Know Caligula Did Weird Things You Didn t Know Caligula Did The Ancient Roman emperor Gaius, better known these days as Caligula, Caligula was a huge fan of chariot Biography of the Roman Emperor Caligula Biography of the personal life of the schizophrenic Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula . Gaius jurist Scholars know very little of his personal life It is impossible to discover even his full name, Gaius or Caius being merely his personal name As with Caligula Directed by Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui With Malcolm McDowell, Peter O Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome s most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

    Caligula Biography Facts Britannica Caligula, byname of Gaius Caesar, in full Gaius Caesar Germanicus, born August , ce, Antium, Latium Italy died January , , Rome , Roman emperor from to ce, in succession after Tiberius. Caligula Although he was born Gaius Caesar, after Julius Caesar, he acquired the nickname Caligula meaning little soldier s boot, the diminutive form of caliga from his father s soldiers during their campaign in Germania. Caligula Simple English , the free encyclopedia Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, August January , was the third Roman Emperor He reigned from AD After only four years, he was assassinated by members of his bodyguard and the Roman Senate. Roman Emperors DIR Caligula Introduction Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus b A.D , d A.D , emperor A.D represents a turning point in the early history of the Principate. The Madness of Caligula Ancient Origins Caligula subsequently made it a crime for anyone to mention a goat in his presence, punishable by death Caligula Depositing the Ashes of his Mother and Brother in the Tomb of his Ancestors by Eustache Le Sueur Image source Wikiart A few short months after Caligula became Emperor, he became seriously ill. Caligula Ancient History Encyclopedia Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was Roman emperor from to CE Among the great emperors of the Roman Empire stand Augustus and BBC History Caligula Caligula , properly Gaius Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus , was the third Roman emperor, in succession to Tiberius He has gone down in history, perhaps unfairly, as Rome s most tyrannical emperor, but since we lack Tacitus account of his short reign, it is impossible to know the truth behind the wilder stories. Biography of the Roman Emperor Caligula Biography of the personal life of the schizophrenic Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula . Caligula Ancient History HISTORY Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus was born in A.D the third son of the renowned Roman general Germanicus and his wife, Agrippina the Elder During his childhood, his family lived at his father s posting on the Rhine, where the general s troops gave the future emperor his nickname Caligula, meaning little boot, in reference to Emperor Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus Suetonius s Gaius Caligula in De vita Caesarum is full of scabrous and sometimes entertaining stories, on some of which little reliability can be placed Caligula was born in Antium on August AD , the son of that popular prince, Germanicus Julius Caesar and of Caligula Directed by Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui With Malcolm McDowell, Peter O Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome s most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula. A biography of Gaius Caligula A.D our civilisation A brief biography of Gaius Caligula by Suetonius, the author of The Twelve Caesars , translated by Robert Graves Gaius jurist Scholars know very little of his personal life It is impossible to discover even his full name, Gaius or Caius being merely his personal name As with Caius Caesar Caligula Middlebury College Caius Caesar Caligula Caligula b AD, ruled was famous for his cruelty and vice and was killed by the praetorian guard.

    Caligula Caligula k l j l Latin Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus August January AD was Roman emperor from AD to AD The son of Germanicus, a popular Roman general, and Agrippina the Elder, the granddaughter of Augustus, Caligula was born into the first ruling family of the Roman Empire Roman Emperors DIR Caligula Introduction Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus b A.D , d A.D , emperor A.D represents a turning point in the early history of the Principate. Caligula Simple English , the free encyclopedia Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, August January , was the third Roman Emperor He reigned from AD After only four years, he was assassinated by members of his bodyguard and the Roman Senate. A biography of Gaius Caligula A.D our Gaius Caligula was born on August, A.D during the consulship shared by his father with Gaius Fonteius Capito His birthplace is disputed According to Gnaeus Caligula Ancient History Encyclopedia Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was Roman emperor from to CE Among the great emperors of the Roman Empire stand Augustus and The Madness of Caligula Ancient Origins Caligula subsequently made it a crime for anyone to mention a goat in his presence, punishable by death Caligula Depositing the Ashes of his Mother and Brother in the Tomb of his Ancestors by Eustache Le Sueur Image source Wikiart A few short months after Caligula became Emperor, he became seriously ill. BBC History Caligula Caligula , properly Gaius Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus , was the third Roman emperor, in succession to Tiberius He has gone down in history, perhaps unfairly, as Rome s most tyrannical emperor, but since we lack Tacitus account of his short reign, it is impossible to know the truth behind the wilder stories. Emperor Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus Suetonius s Gaius Caligula in De vita Caesarum is full of scabrous and sometimes entertaining stories, on some of which little reliability can be placed Caligula was born in Antium on August AD , the son of that popular prince, Germanicus Julius Caesar and of Agrippina. Caligula Ancient History HISTORY Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus was born in A.D the third son of the renowned Roman general Germanicus and his wife, Agrippina the Elder During his childhood, his family lived at his father s posting on the Rhine, where the general s troops gave the future emperor his nickname Caligula, meaning little boot, in reference to Weird Things You Didn t Know Caligula Did Weird Things You Didn t Know Caligula Did The Ancient Roman emperor Gaius, better known these days as Caligula, Caligula was a huge fan of chariot The Emperor Gaius Caligula Flickr All Items pertaining to the emperor Caligula May be added Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus August , January , , commonly known by his nickname Caligula, was the third Roman Emperor and a member of the Julio Claudian dynasty, ruling from to . Biography of the Roman Emperor Caligula Biography of the personal life of the schizophrenic Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula . Gaius jurist Scholars know very little of his personal life It is impossible to discover even his full name, Gaius or Caius being merely his personal name As with Caligula Directed by Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui With Malcolm McDowell, Peter O Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome s most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

    Caligula Although he was born Gaius Caesar, after Julius Caesar, he acquired the nickname Caligula meaning little soldier s boot, the diminutive form of caliga from his father s soldiers during their campaign in Germania. Caligula Simple English , the free encyclopedia Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, August January , was the third Roman Emperor He reigned from AD After only four years, he was He reigned from AD After only four years, he was assassinated by members of Roman Emperors DIR Caligula Introduction Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus b A.D , d A.D , emperor A.D represents a turning point in the early history of the Principate. BBC History Caligula Caligula , properly Gaius Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus , was the third Roman emperor, in succession to Tiberius He has gone down in history, perhaps unfairly, as Rome s most tyrannical emperor, but since we lack Tacitus account of his short reign, it is impossible to know the truth behind the wilder stories. Caligula Romapedia FANDOM powered by Wikia Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus August , January , , most commonly known as Caligula, was the third Roman Emperor and a member of the Julio Claudian dynasty, ruling from to Known for his extreme extravagance, eccentricity, depravity and cruelty, he is remembered as a despot He was assassinated in by several of his own guards. Caius Caesar Caligula Middlebury College Caius Caesar Caligula Caius Caesar Caligula Caligula b AD, ruled was famous for his cruelty and vice and was killed by the praetorian guard Caligula, b Aug , AD , d Jan , AD , Roman emperor from to , was the son of Germanicus Caesar and Agrippina I He grew up in a military camp where his father s soldiers Caligula Ancient History Encyclopedia Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was Roman emperor from to CE Among the great emperors of the Roman Empire stand Augustus and Marcus Aurelius At the other end of the spectrum is Emperor Caligula who Biography of the Roman Emperor Caligula Caligula was originally called Gaius He grew up in a camp as a favourite of his father s soldiers The troops nicknamed him Caligula after the child size military boots he wore in camp From the Emperor A biography of Gaius Caligula A.D our civilisation A.D From The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius Translated by Robert Graves Germanicus, father of the Gaius Caesar who is known to history as Caligula, the son of Drusus and Antonia the Younger was eventually adopted by Tiberius, his paternal uncle. Caligula Ancient History HISTORY Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus was born in A.D the third son of the renowned Roman general Germanicus and his wife, Agrippina the Elder During his childhood, his family lived at his father s posting on the Rhine, where the general s troops gave the future emperor his nickname Caligula, meaning little boot, in reference to the miniature uniform in which his The Madness of Caligula Ancient Origins The story of Caligula is a legacy that goes back thousands of years In his short life of only years he experienced horrific tragedy, a deep hatred for the man who killed his family, great power as the Emperor of Rome, and eventually, a brutal death. Caligula Roman Imperial Coins BC AD eBay Caligula, March January A.D Caius Caesar was born in A.D the son of Germanicus and Agrippina Sr Initially, he was very popular, succeeding Tiberius in A.D and for a few brief months ruling very well. Weird Things You Didn t Know Caligula Did The Ancient Roman emperor Gaius, better known these days as Caligula, was famous for his cruel and extraordinary rule There are the well known stories about how he promised the senate he would make his horse a consul, or about how he made the soldiers collect seashells from the ocean. Caligula Caligula I have existed from the morning of the world and I shall exist until the last star falls from the night Although I have taken the form of Gaius Caligula, I am all men as I am no man and therefore I am a God.

    Caligula Simple English , the free encyclopedia Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, August January , was the third Roman Emperor He reigned from AD After only four years, he was assassinated by members of his bodyguard and the Roman Senate. A biography of Gaius Caligula A.D our civilisation Gaius Caligula was born on August, A.D during the consulship shared by his father with Gaius Fonteius Capito His birthplace is disputed According to Gnaeus Caligula Ancient History Encyclopedia Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was Roman emperor from to CE Among the great emperors of the Roman Empire stand Augustus and The Madness of Caligula Ancient Origins Caligula subsequently made it a crime for anyone to mention a goat in his presence, punishable by death Caligula Depositing the Ashes of his Mother and Brother in the Tomb of his Ancestors by Eustache Le Sueur Image source Wikiart A few short months after Caligula became Emperor, he became seriously ill. BBC History Caligula Caligula , properly Gaius Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus , was the third Roman emperor, in succession to Tiberius He has gone down in history, perhaps unfairly, as Rome s most tyrannical emperor, but since we lack Tacitus account of his short reign, it is impossible to know the truth behind the wilder stories. Caligula Ancient History HISTORY Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus was born in A.D the third son of the renowned Roman general Germanicus and his wife, Agrippina the Elder During his childhood, his family lived at his father s posting on the Rhine, where the general s troops gave the future emperor his nickname Caligula, meaning little boot, in reference to Emperor Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus Suetonius s Gaius Caligula in De vita Caesarum is full of scabrous and sometimes entertaining stories, on some of which little reliability can be placed Caligula was born in Antium on August AD , the son of that popular prince, Germanicus Julius Caesar and of Agrippina. The Emperor Gaius Caligula Flickr All Items pertaining to the emperor Caligula May be added Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus August , January , , commonly known by his nickname Caligula, was the third Roman Emperor and a member of the Julio Claudian dynasty, ruling from to . Gaius jurist The discovery of Gaius work has thrown a flood of light on portions of the history of Roman law which had previously been most obscure Much of the historical information given by Gaius is wanting in the compilations of Justinian, and, in particular, the account of the ancient forms of procedure in actions. Weird Things You Didn t Know Caligula Did Weird Things You Didn t Know Caligula Did The Ancient Roman emperor Gaius, better known these days as Caligula, Caligula was a huge fan of chariot Biography of the Roman Emperor Caligula Biography of the personal life of the schizophrenic Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula . Caligula Romapedia FANDOM powered by Wikia Do you have something to say about this emperor or his impact, in Imperial times or even today Then visit the FORUM page for this emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus August , January , , most commonly known as Caligula, was the third Roman Emperor and a member of the Gaius Caesar Caligula Article about Gaius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus Born A.D in Antium died A.D in Rome Roman emperor from a.d of the dynasty of Julius Claudius son of Germanicus and successor to Tiberius. Caius Caesar Caligula Middlebury College Caius Caesar Caligula Caligula b AD, ruled was famous for his cruelty and vice and was killed by the praetorian guard.

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    1. Glenn Russell

      “Thus far we have spoken of him as a prince. What remains to be said of him, bespeaks him rather a monster than a man.” The Roman historian Suetonius wrote these words about ancient Rome’s most notorious emperor – Caligula. Reading the life of Caligula and his reign as the most powerful man in the world (less than a 4 year reign, from age 25-28 when he was assassinated) is one unforgettable experience. Since my primary interest is philosophy and not history, I will spare readers the gory [...]

    2. Michelle Curie

      "So much for Gaius the Emperor; the rest of this history must needs deal with Gaius the Monster."Men that one might call strange or besides themselves can suddenly become dangerous and scary when in power. The Roman emperor Caligula was one of those. In this Little Black Classic we are presented the exciting and terrifying biography of a man who pronounced himself a god. Caligula was both physically and mentally ill, but what defines him is his sheer madness. He had a violent temper, a sense for [...]

    3. Sam Quixote

      Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, aka Caligula (Latin for “little soldier’s boot”, a childhood nickname), if he’s known by anyone today, it’s for being the maddest emperor of Ancient Rome - and there were a few mental bastards! The impression stems from incidents like trying to make his horse head of the Senate and thinking he was a god who could talk to the sea. This short book in Penguin’s Little Black Classics series, celebrating Penguin’s 80th anniversary, is an extract [...]

    4. Peter

      Robert Graves' translation is superb, a fine piece of writing. This slim tome of only 58 pages is an exuberant piece of work and has what a number of these slim tomes are missing, which is the "Need to read the rest of this classic piece". To some this may seem a rushed and condensed work that leaves many questions, good, then it has worked it's magic.Caligula's madness was supreme, (especially if you like the classics):He wanted to supress Homers poetry, have Virgil's work removed from the libr [...]

    5. Bookdragon Sean

      “Let them hate me, so long as they fear me.”This was terrifying, terrifying because a man such as this actually had control of an entire Empire. How could such a thing happen? His peers clearly noticed he wasn’t exactly normal. I wonder if power sent him mad or madness sent him to power. People were clearly afraid of this guy. Who in their right mind would sit down to dinner, and watch a round of torture for entertainment?"Everything that Gaius said and did was marked with equal cruelty, e [...]

    6. Melora

      Horrifying, but also weirdly fascinating. It's sort of amazing that Caligula was tolerated as emperor as long as he was (nearly four years), given the level of his vicious, flamboyant insanity, but according to Suetonius he was initially quite popular among the common people and the military. He started by staging some spectacularly extravagant performances and making some dramatic shows of sympathy for wronged Roman citizens, and it required truly egregious behavior to exhaust the tolerance of [...]

    7. Liz Janet

      This is a snippet from his famous work "The Tweleve Caesars," and I enjoyed going back and reading my favourite of his Caesars, but again, the translation lacked. Since I have already read another translation of this work, this one fell very short. But, I adore that they chose Caligula. He believed himself to be a god, and among the Caesars, he was the most insane. We are introduced at first to all the good things he did, and then we get to what he will be remembered the most: "So much for Gaius [...]

    8. Florencia

      Let them hate me, so long as they fear me. Sweet mother of all that is good and pure - a promising start, a 25-year-old hailed by his people as the new savior, and then nearly four years of complete terror, whimsical executions, depravity, tons of money squandered on self-absorbed undertakings. An endless source of all kinds of cruel acts due to the corruption begotten by absolute power. A creature beyond human understanding.Oh yeah, fine writing, Suetonius. I'll get back to you.March 05, 18

    9. Daren

      An excerpt, or collection of excerpts (I couldn't tell if they were consecutive or not) from Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars or The Twelve Caesars.On the whole I was a bit disappointed with this. I am sure that when I was at school we read about the debauchery of Caligula in Classics class, and it was all booze and orgies, murders and incest. I was looking forward to a highlights package condensed into 60 pages.What was delivered was more of a potted history - his family background, yes - a whol [...]

    10. Chris

      For me, Caligula will always be John Hurt dancing. That scene, from I Claudius where Hurt prances in front of Derek Jacobi and two other politicos that mini-series has influenced how I see Livia and Claudius. So Caligula is John Hurt. This Penguins Little Classic is Suetonius’ chronicle of Caligula, and thorough Suetonius’ history does rely on rumor and story, it is still a good read. Even today, it still speaks largely to politics. More importantly, Suetonius seems to be puzzled, as most p [...]

    11. Lydia

      Suetonius is one of the greatest biographers. Honestly, who cares about objective studies and accuracy when you can have Sutonius' entertaining tales?

    12. Kevin J.J. Carpenter

      Do you remember that token kid in school who had ADHD, was inappropriately disciplined and medicated, and would act mindlessly disdainful to garner attention, performing crude acts and constantly stirring up the pre-pubescent pot? Well, apparently that kid became Emperor!

    13. Zezee

      As posted on Zezee with Books.Caligula…was a crazy-ass dude. Whenever I confess to certain people that I want to read The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, they reply with a surprised Why?? Why would I want to read about such horrible things? One of my few reader friends often asks me this whenever I mention the book because she was unable to stomach the contents of the book when she first attempted to read it.The Twelve Caesars is the biography of the first caesars of the Roman Empire. In that way [...]

    14. Joey Woolfardis

      Suetonius was a 2nd Century CE Roman historian, who is best known for his work The Twelve Caesars, in which he writes of the twelve Roman Emperors, from Julius Caesar to Domitian (49 BCE to 96 CE).This Little Black Classic is a wonder to behold. It recounts the horrors of Caligula, the nickname of Gaius Caesar, 3rd Emperor of the Roman Empire during the 1st century, CE. At the age of 26, Caligula was sleeping with his sisters, stealing wives, having relations with famous dancers and killing anyo [...]

    15. Anwen Hayward

      I mean, it has to be said: Caligula was absolutely insane. This recounting by Suetonius of some of Caligula's more scandalous activities makes for very interesting reading. Part history book, part Hello! magazine, Suetonius mixes gossip, personal opinion and accepted truths to form an account of Caligula's tyranny that can't be entirely verified, but has certainly been hugely influential in forming our modern opinion of one of history's most terrifying rulers.

    16. sanne_reads

      At first I thought it was hard to follow, a lot of names and titles were mentioned. Eventually when the story came to the life of caligula himself it became a pretty quick read. This man was horrible, and even though I knew beforehand it was not something that I expected when reading how he acted at first as an emperor. Some serious mental problems involved here, how I would like to have had a chance to figure that mind out (me being a typical (almost) psychologist).

    17. William

      Jolly good booklet, taken from Robert Grave's translation of 'The Twelve Caesars'. I love this 80th anniversary edition, about 60 pages long, which you can take to the park with you, or to a cafe, and read it in one go. It's an interesting overview, not too gruesome, of the emperor's life, affairs and ancient Rome in general.

    18. Charlotte (Bookmarks and Blogging)

      Caligula was not a nice man - on that I think we can all agree, even if we have only the faintest knowledge of his reign. This little black classic, however, offers a deeper insight into one of Rome's worst emperors and we learn that things didn't start off all badYes, he was still a vicious person who was out for himself, but the people seemed to idolise him and rejoice in him coming to power. It was only after he had the power that his true nature appeared - but maybe it was this that first dr [...]

    19. Tyler Jones

      While I enjoy the flamboyant style of Suetonius, it is my understanding that the accuracy of his histories is somewhat questionable. Still, if even a small portion of this is true, then Caligula is certainly one of the most vile people to have ever lived. I enjoyed this for the style in which it is written. The voice of Suetonius is delightfully droll at times, and the tone of the writing is at such odds with the horrific events described that it creates (forgive me for saying this) a comic effe [...]

    20. Maham

      This book provides a brief but informative biography about one of the most loathed after roman emperors ever. And what a tale it is. My God that man was off his rockers. Mouth-foaming crazy. Beheading people just cause they looked him wrong. Driving a wealthy nation bankrupt in a year. Forcing people to worship him literally. And lets not even talk about incest. ugh! Caligula was grossly promiscuous, selfish, glutinous, ass of an emperor. Caligula shows us how low humanity can go and still keep [...]

    21. Bibliogrub

      Such a sorry, tragic reign it was. Our dear, Caligula. He was gifted, intelligent, capable of loving so passionately but his broken mind sought after his own destruction.Behind all the crimes and injustices was just a worn out little boy who was slowly losing control over himself.In the end, I just felt like he was such a waste. Had he not been so broken like that he would have made a great leader. It all started so well but still met a miserable fate at such a young age.

    22. Annabelle

      Read this chapbook on Robert Graves translation of Suetonius's work immediately after Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar. Now I see why modern biographers always adhere to multiple sources. Caligula is just as monstrous here as he is described in other sources, but we only see one dimension of the man--or monster, that he was.

    23. Elīna Zviedre

      This man really was a piece of work. If you can call him a man at all. At the beginning of his reign he seemed pretty normal and then he kind of lost his mind.I got to say i'm surprised he wasn't killed off sooner, but i guess as much as he was feared he must have been a great entertainment. Also, say or think what you will about him, but he was damn creative with his punishments.

    24. Samantha Bee

      Very interesting and somewhat messed-up read, though I probably wouldn't take every anecdote literally. Suetonius reads much like Vasari, in that he seems to rely more on gossip than accurate fact, though the gossip alone sounds horrifying. (Not that he would have had access to an online database of peer-reviewed journals back then…)

    25. AnnaG

      Suetonius was a great tabloid journalist of his time. This translation is very faithful to the original text and unfortunately in doing so sucks out the enjoyment of the gossip and rumour-mongering.

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