Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Caligula
(4,170 words)

(Gaius Iulius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; Greek Γάϊος/Gáïos, Καλιγόλας/Kaligólas)

A. Historical dimension

Gaius Julius Caesar, born AD 12 at Antium, the son of Agrippina and Germanicus and grandson of Augustus, was Roman Emperor from AD 37 to 41, succeding Tiberius, who had had him in his charge at Capri from AD 31 until his death. He acquired the nickname 'C.', a diminutive of caliga (army boot), as a child in the military camp of his father (Suet. Cal. 9). After a number of failed conspiracies, C. was assassinated by the Praetorian prefects Cassiu…

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Weil, Katharina, “Caligula”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004597>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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