Caligula: The Corruption of Power

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 4, 2002 - History - 360 pages
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Of all Roman emperors none, with the possible exception of Nero, surpasses Caligula's reputation for infamy. But was Caligula really the mad despot and depraved monster of popular legend or the victim of hostile ancient historians?
In this study of Caligula's life, reign and violent death, Anthony A. Barrett draws on the archaeological and numismatic evidence to supplement the later written record. In Professor Barrett's view, the mystery of Caligula's reign is not why he descended into autocracy, but how any intelligent Roman could have expected a different outcome - to grant total power to an inexperienced and arrogant young man was a recipe for disaster. This book, scholarly and accessible, offers a careful reconstruction of Caligula's life and times, and a shrewd assessment of his historical importance.

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User Review  - Michael Lewyn - Goodreads

Most ancient works on Caligula describe him as a madman. Barrett points out the flaws in these works; only two authors actually lived in Caligula's time (Seneca and Philo). But Philo mostly lived in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Larry Van Bibber - Goodreads

It was interesting from the standpoint of providing details of his demise. But the only sources were anti him. So there may be some issues with their objectiveness. I will use other sources to develop my perspectives oh him. I wont be recommending this book to any one else. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

J. C. Yardley is a former Professor and Head of Classics at the Universities of Calgary and Ottawa and the author of numerous books on the ancient world.
Anthony A. Barrett is the author of biographies of Livia, Agrippina, and Caligula.

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