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Caligula has been known to history as a colorful emperor He is the youngestson of Germanicus Ceaser and the grandnephew of Tiberius Caligula as a childwas 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 lifeGaius was given the name Caligula Latin for little boot in the militarycamps where he spent some of his early life He succeeded his granduncleTiberius in the year 37 Caligula was very popular with the army at first since hehad served himself Unlike Tiberius Caligula was not concerned with having asurplus in the Roman treasury Soon after he came to power he began to throwlavish festivals and gladiator games The people of Rome knew that he wasdepleting the treasury and quickly became unpopular He soon answered themwith acts of tyranny and began to have people executed at whim He banishedor murdered most of his own relatives Caligula committed incest with two of histhree sisters His retreat is to Capri where he indulges himself in immoral actsIn 37 Caligula becomes ill and tells all that he is not really ill but ismetamorphasizing into a god He then forces the Senate to deify himself and histhree sisters He also forces the Sensate to make his horse a Senator on thegrounds that it is Alexander The Greats horse reincarnated This all becomestoo much for the people of Rome The leader of the Praetorian Guard leads arevolt and Caligula is assassinated on January 24 41
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