Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Caligula "really was nuts"

This story was highlighted in the Arts Journal yesterday ... but I thought I'ld post it here for those of you who don't regularly read that fabulous blog.

Here's the core of the story:
Writing about 70 years after Caligula's assassination, Suetonius recorded that the emperor "built out a part of the palace as far as the Forum, and making the temple of Castor and Pollux its vestibule, he often took his place between the divine brethren, and exhibited himself there to be worshipped."
Archeologists believe they've found structures that support Suetonius' story.

While I'm at it, here's a bit more from the article:
To become emperor, Caligula ordered the murder of his cousin. He was greeted by wave of popular approval which evaporated as he became ever more arrogant, erratic and cruel. He was said to have had incestuous relationships with his sisters and to have planned to make his horse a consul. He once ordered hundreds of ships tied together so that he could ride across the bay of Naples.

He was assassinated at 28 by Praetorian Guards