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Caligula: A Biography

Caligula: A Biography

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by Aloys Winterling

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The infamous emperor Caligula ruled Rome from A.D. 37 to 41 as a tyrant who ultimately became a monster. An exceptionally smart and cruelly witty man, Caligula made his contemporaries worship him as a god. He drank pearls dissolved in vinegar and ate food covered in gold leaf. He forced men and women of high rank to have sex with him, turned part of his palace

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This auther impressed me on his researched facts. Well written and articulate. It is indeed refreashing to read into another point of view a view which i had pondered and now it has been reinforced. This book is for those who have a thirst for history and serious interests in facts i found this book not only satisfying intellectually but intertaining . I loved this book . It explains why Caligula did some of the things he did and was accused of being insane it seems to be a case of "paybacks" on his behalf. historians were not kind to him by no means and slanted perspectives towards exaggeration. This is a book that i must get for my permanant real library the one in my home I really enjoyed the intelligence of this writer and his perspective a must read worth every penny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Convinced He was a God, Caligula did not think of how to better Rome, or even worsen it, but rather an emporer who would think of what his position was capable of doing on a bizzare level and pursuing only that. I would not reccomend the movie Caligula with Malcome Macdowel or this book (the book is more professional) unless you truly want to witness the disgust that power can bring. They made the movie and the book alike Firsty to appall those interested in sickness of the mind, and those who have an interest in actual true happenings. He did not like the senators of Rome, so he sold them off as whores in a part of his palace, that that day he fealt like turning into a brothel. He had a fondess for his horse so he want to give the second most powerful office in Rome, That of the Consul. He liked his sisters on a seductive level. When his sister died he passed strange laws for days of morning where fornication was punishable by death. They say he was insane, like Nero. Nero let bad people influence him and pursued a life of acting and play writing and chariot racing where only he would win, he wanted to be an artist but being the most powerful man in Rome did not grant him this. Caligula wanted to go down in history as being the man who could get away with the most of doing exactly as he wanted, and he wanted to appall any and all with a sober mind. He would kill his friends for not bowing down long enough before they approached him, he would kill his heir, Germanicus for being drunk at a drinking partuy at the same time as him, everyone else was spared. He would defile male and female virgins before their marriage because h wanted every sacred right that anyone could enjoy. His friends were more likely to be put to death by hm than anyone else. It was dangerous to attend the same party as him because he would rally off those to kill for the entertainment/paranoia of the rest. He wouyld never leed armies into battle or make glorious reforms. He took up the throne for his own amusement, the populace simply wanted to see what he would do next, he had no desire to kill them or make their lives better. He had to be the center of attention and never failed to outdo himself in insanity. Though it may be said he was so full of himself and his position his insanity was simply how he liked to be seen, not neccisarily that he was off in the head. When Tiberius passed the throne to him he was afraid of Tiberius, he kept a low profile before he took the throne. Did little harm to anyone and showed no signs of mental unstableness until he became emporer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book well explained his reign of terror.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago