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Caligula The Madness of a Goat Many studies have been made on the emperor Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus or Caligula He was professed to be the maddest and cruelest of all Roman emperors As emperor Caligula put the imperial treasury in severe debt performed acts of insanity and committed scandalous sexual acts The ludicrous deeds he participated in and carried out left the Roman Empire in infamy During the reign of Tiberius the captain of his bodyguards Sejanus began a campaign of extreme and devious means He desired the Roman throne and so started to eliminate his competition The first to go was Drusus Tiberiuss heir Sejanus then took out other key contenders for the throne including Germanicus Caesar his wife Agrippina the Elder and three of his four sons The sole survivor was Gaius Caesar more famously or infamously known as Caligula Caligula grew up in a military camp His name stemmed from the soldiers nickname Little Boots for the child size military boots he always wore Gaius Caligula of Rome Being so close to the throne required that he spend his adolescence in Capri with the aging emperor Tiberius Though he attempted to play the part of a dutiful and upright young man he could not fool Tiberius Gaius Caligula of Rome The emperor frequently called him a serpent Gaius Caligula of Rome He is Higham 2 also quoted as saying There was never a better slave nor a worse master than Caligula Tiberius tried to draw him out by telling him things which might make him betray resentment but he never gave him a cause for suspicion Caligula appeared to remember nothing of his familys fate Lissner 92 He was frowned upon though by the emperor for his visits to disreputable taverns and brothels Tiberius commented that Gaius has survived to the detriment of myself and everyone else Lissner 92 Tiberius was ill It is believed
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