Episode 11 – Caligula …

A man who doesn’t need much of an introduction, yet nevertheless shall suffer one here from the Partial Historians. If anyone stands out from the Julio-Claudians for their sheer audacity, it is Gaius Caesar … more notoriously remembered through history as Caligula.

In this episode, the Doctors examine Caligula’s rise to power, the changes his principate means for the developing empire of Rome, and touch on the some of the shocking tales connected with his reign.

It’s times like these, dear listener, that you begin to wish Tacitus’ account of this period had survived – could the sources be less balanced? The controversies are explored below:

Caligula

 

Caligula
Marble bust of Caligula (left); Reconstruction of the polychromy on a plaster replica (right) at NY Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Image courtesy of Diagram Lajard / Wikimedia Commons

Drs R and G laugh and spar their way through the ancient Roman world!

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