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The Excesses Of Caligula Essay

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The Excesses Of Caligula

Why were the actions of Caligula regarded as excessive? Why was such behaviour important in the evaluation of an emperor's image?

When Caligula took the title of emperor of Rome, the population of that vast empire felt that a new dawn was emerging. Here was someone with youth on his side to reign over them, by contrast after the aged Tiberius. Because of his earlier travels with them on their campaigns, he had the loyalty of the troops, which was always important in a militarist empire. But the biggest thing he had going for him was his direct family contact with the revered Augustus, Caligula through his mother was the great grandson of the man and his reign was hoped to take them back to what was already
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This document is about the excesses of the rule of Caligula, and reveals them in all their shocking horrors and shows just how the population should fear absolute power.
Other of his excesses emerges further into this source. We see that he also had the ?statues of the gods? including ?Zeus? brought to Rome, to have their heads removed and ?replaced with his own?? this is impiety of a great degree. If this was not considered excessive enough, the most powerful man in the known world decided to stand between the gods of ?castor and Pollux and was worshipped by those that approached; being called or hailed as Jupiter of Latium?. He had his own ?Priests? and a ?golden life-sized statue ? of himself, with the influential becoming his priests, just by merely spending their money on him ensured their influence on the most powerful man in the world.

Birds obtained at high cost and from throughout the empire were sacrificed in his name, ?Victims were flamingos, peacocks, woodcocks, guinea hens and pheasants? P256). These birds have a certain majesty that would suggest poignancy at their deaths. This is hinted at by Suetonius use of the word ?victim?, truly deeply excessive behaviour by Caligula.

Claudius by contrast knew how to behave better when he was offered
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