Love dating and other insanities
While his reign as Emperor lasted only a few short years, the stories of Caligula have lived on for millennia, his name becoming synonymous with murder and debauchery.
In the latter years of his life, his behavior became same outlandish and extreme that many believe he was suffering from insanity.
He was born on August 31, 12 AD in Antium, Italy (now known as Anzio, Italy).
His parents were Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder, and he was one of six children, with siblings named Nero, Drusus, Agrippina the Younger, Julia Drusilla, and Julia Livilla.
Soon, Caligula and his cousin Gemellus were made equal heirs to the throne.
However, Upon Tiberius’ death in 37 AD, Caligula’s ally Marco arranged for Caligula to be named the sole emperor.
In his short life of only 29 years he experienced horrific tragedy, a deep hatred for the man who killed his family, great power as the Emperor of Rome, and eventually, a brutal death.
Finally freed from being the “pampered prisoner” of his father’s murderer, Caligula was a loved and welcomed Emperor.
He granted bonuses to those in the military, eliminated unfair taxes, and freed those who had been unjustly imprisoned.
He hosted lavish chariot races, gladiator shows, and plays.
He ordered the bones of his mother and brothers retrieved, and placed them in the tomb of Augustus. While his head was bald, his body was extremely hairy, and as a result, he was often the subject of jokes.
Caligula subsequently made it a crime for anyone to mention a goat in his presence, punishable by death.