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Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman Emperor

Also Known As: "Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus /Germanicus/", "Nero /Caesar/", "Caligula"
Birthplace: Antium (present-day Anzio)
Death: Died in Rome, Italy
Immediate Family:

Son of Claudius Germanicus Caesar and Vipsania Agrippina Major
Husband of Junia Claudilla; Livia Orestilla; Lollia Paulina and Milonia Caesonia
Partner of Eunia / Ennia Naeva and Nymphidia
Father of Julia Drusilla and Gaius Nymphidius Sabinus
Brother of Nero Julius Caesar Germanicus; Julia Agrippina Minor; Drusus Julius Caesar; Julia Drusilla; Julia Livilla and 1 other

Occupation: Roman Emperor
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About Caligula, Roman Emperor

CALIGULA(Latin: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus;[1] 31 August 12 AD – 24 January 41 AD), also known as Gaius, was Roman Emperor from 37 AD to 41 AD. Caligula was a member of the house of rulers conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Caligula's father Germanicus, the nephew and adopted son of Emperor Tiberius, was a very successful general and one of Rome's most beloved public figures. The young Gaius earned the nickname Caligula (meaning "little soldier's boot", the diminutive form of caliga, n. hob-nailed military boot) from his father's soldiers while accompanying him during his campaigns in Germania. When Germanicus died at Antioch in 19 AD, his wife Agrippina the Elder returned to Rome with her six children where she became entangled in an increasingly bitter feud with Tiberius. This conflict eventually led to the destruction of her family, with Caligula as the sole male survivor. Unscathed by the deadly intrigues, Caligula accepted the invitation to join the emperor on the island of Capri in 31, where Tiberius himself had withdrawn five years earlier. At the death of Tiberius in 37, Caligula succeeded his great-uncle and adoptive grandfather. There are few surviving sources on Caligula's reign, although he is described as a noble and moderate ruler during the first two years of his rule. After this, the sources focus upon his cruelty, extravagance, and sexual perversity, presenting him as an insane tyrant. While the reliability of these sources has increasingly been called into question, it is known that during his brief reign, Caligula worked to increase the unconstrained personal power of the emperor (as opposed to countervailing powers within the principate). He directed much of his attention to ambitious construction projects and notoriously luxurious dwellings for himself. However, he initiated the construction of two new aqueducts in Rome: the Aqua Claudia and the Anio Novus. During his reign, the Empire annexed the Kingdom of Mauretania and made it into a province. In early 41 AD, Caligula became the first Roman emperor to be assassinated, the result of a conspiracy involving officers of the Praetorian Guard, as well as members of the Roman Senate and of the imperial court. The conspirators' attempt to use the opportunity to restore the Roman Republic was thwarted: on the same day the Praetorian Guard declared Caligula's uncle Claudius emperor inómai_császár


Assassinated in Rome 24 Jan 41 AD


Assassinated in Rome 24 Jan 41 AD