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Caligula has been known to history as a colorful emperor He is the youngest son of Germanicus Ceaser and the grandnephew of Tiberius Caligula as a child was said to have been very ill with a high fever that probably affected his mind That would explain all the strange things that he did throughout his life Gaius was given the name Caligula Latin for little boot in the military camps where he spent some of his early life He succeeded his granduncle Tiberius in the year 37 Caligula was very popular with the army at first since he had served himself Unlike Tiberius Caligula was not concerned with having a surplus in the Roman treasury Soon after he came to power he began to throw lavish festivals and gladiator games The people of Rome knew that he was depleting the treasury and quickly became unpopular He soon answered them with acts of tyranny and began to have people executed at whim He banished or murdered most of his own relatives Caligula committed incest with two of his three sisters His retreat is to Capri where he indulges himself in immoral acts with young boys among others In 37 Caligula becomes ill and tells all that he is not really ill but is metamorphasizing into a god He then forces the Senate to deify himself and his three sisters He also forces the Sensate to make his horse a Senator on the grounds that it is Alexander The Greats horse reincarnated This all becomes too much for the people of Rome The leader of the Praetorian Guard leads a revolt and Caligula is assassinated on January 24 41
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