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by Allan Massie
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"Gaius Caligula is known as the mad emperor, the one who made his horse a consul. He was violent, vicious and incestuous, a murderer who was himself murdered after a reign of only four years. Yet, when first he succeeded the aged recluse Tiberius, the Romans were delighted. For a few month he even seemed generous and enlightened." "So what went wrong? Or did it? Perhaps the conventional image of Caligula is distorted and he was simply a victim of circumstance and rumour. Who better, then, to tell the true story of his short life than the Roman nobleman, Lucius, who knew Caligula as a child and remained close to him until the end (and was even more intimate with not only one of Caligula's sisters but also his older brother)?" "Through Lucius's worldly-wise eyes, the young emperor emerges as a real man, not a figure of myth. Conspiracies, poisonings and infidelities might pepper his tale, but the full picture of Caligula's life and times is a complex, multi-coloured one."--BOOK JACKET.
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