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Caligula: The Corruption of Power Anthony A. Barrett 0300074298 9780300074291 Of all Roman emperors none, with the possible exception of Nero, surpasses Caligulas reputation for infamy. But was Caligula really the mad despot and depraved monster of p
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Caligula: The Corruption of Power by Anthony A. Barrett

Of all Roman emperors none, with the possible exception of Nero, surpasses Caligulas 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 Caligulas life, reign and violent death, Anthony A. Barrett draws on the archaeological and numismatic evidence to supplement the later written record. In Professor Barretts view, the mystery of Caligulas 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 Caligulas life and times, and a shrewd assessment of his historical importance.

Author: Anthony A. Barrett

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 360

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 1998-01-01

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