Start Date

27-4-2020 9:00 AM

End Date

27-4-2020 10:00 AM

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity

Subjects

Rome -- History -- Caligula (37-41), Caligula (Emperor of Rome : 12-41), Historians -- Objectivity

Abstract

Caligula is one of the most infamous names in history, often ranked among the likes of Stalin and Ivan the Terrible. His most outrageous acts include threatening to make his horse a senator and having incestous relationships with his three sisters. But is this truly how Caligula behaved? This paper explores the possibility that Caligula was not the monster he was made out to be, but the victim of a hostile Senate that used historians to slander the emperor at all costs.

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Apr 27th, 9:00 AM Apr 27th, 10:00 AM

Senatorial Bias in the Portrayal of Gaius Caligula

Caligula is one of the most infamous names in history, often ranked among the likes of Stalin and Ivan the Terrible. His most outrageous acts include threatening to make his horse a senator and having incestous relationships with his three sisters. But is this truly how Caligula behaved? This paper explores the possibility that Caligula was not the monster he was made out to be, but the victim of a hostile Senate that used historians to slander the emperor at all costs.