Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome

Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome

by Stephen Dando-Collins


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Explore all of the murder, madness and mayhem in Ancient Rome during the reign of the mad emperor, Caligula.

In this book about Rome’s most infamous emperor, expert author, Stephen Dando-Collins’ chronicles all the palace intrigues and murders that led to Caligula becoming emperor, and details the horrors of his manic reign and the murderous consequences brought about at the hand of his sister Agrippina the Younger, his uncle Claudius and his nephew Nero.

Skillfully researched, Dando-Collins puts the jigsaw pieces together to form an accurate picture of Caligula’s life and influences. Dando-Collins’ precise and thorough examination of the emperor’s life puts Caligula’s paranoid reign into perspective, examining the betrayals and deaths he experienced prior to his time in power and the onset of a near-fatal illness believed to have affected his mental-health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684422852
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 477,685
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen Dando-Collins is the award-winning author of 40 books, including children's novels and biographies. The majority of his works deal with military history ranging from Greek and Roman times to American 19th century history and World War I and World War II. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Albanian and Korean. Considered an authority on the legions of ancient Rome, his most recent work on the subject, 2012's Legions of Rome, was the culmination of decades of research into the individual legions of Rome. With all his books, Dando-Collins aims to travel roads that others have not, unearthing new facts and opening new perspectives on often forgotten or overlooked people and aspects of history. Australian-born, he has a background in advertising, marketing and market research. His latest book is MR SHOWBIZ, the first ever biography of international music, stage and movie mogul Robert Stigwood, who managed the Bee Gees, Cream, Clapton, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber among many others, and produced Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

Table of Contents

Maps ix

Photographs xi

Introduction xix

I Nursling of the Legions 1

II Caligula at the Bridge 10

III Sharing His Father's Triumph 18

IV His Father's Violent Death 22

V A Murder Trial 30

VI Nursing a Viper 37

VII Caligula's Grandmother Brings Down Sejanus 44

VIII Yielding the Upper Hand 50

IX First Through the Door Is Emperor 57

X Hail, Caesar Caligula! 60

XI Enter the Monster 75

XII The Death of Drusilla 85

XIII Never Mind the Expense 93

XIV Caligula's New Bride 99

XV Caligula's Invasion 102

XVI Caligula Walks on Water 107

XVII The Power of Words 115

XVIII Preparing for War 118

XIX Shocks in Gaul 124

XX Caligula Goes to War 136

XXI Caligula's Triumph 145

XXII The Victims Mount 158

XXIII Running out of Friends 168

XXIV The Assassination Plot 177

XXV Killing Caligula 182

XXVI The Revenge of Caligula's Uncle 201

XXVII Déjà Vu with Nero 209

XXVIII Was Caligula Truly Mad? 212

XXIX Drawing Present-Day Lessons: Is Donald Trump the Modern Caligula? 219

Notes 229

Bibliography 243

Index 247

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