The first full-scale biography for over 50 years of the Roman Emperor who reigned as a wilful autocrat and planned the invasion of Britain and whose reign saw the beginning of anti-semitism in Rome. Of all Roman emperors none, with the possible exception of Nero, surpasses Caligula's reputation for infamy. But was Caligula really the mad despot and depraved monster of popular legend or the victim of hostile ancient historians? This book draws on the archaeological and numismatic evidence to offer a careful reconstruction of Caligula's life and times and a shrewd assessment of his historical importance.
Table of Contents
Outline of significant events; family background; struggle for the succession; private pursuits; the new emperor; signs of strain; conspiracy; North Africa; Britain and Germany; divine honours; assassination; aftermath; Caligula and the Jews; Caligula the builder; fit to rule?, Appendices: Caligula's named victims; coins, inscriptions and sculpture.