Caligula: The Corruption of Power

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Routledge Chapman & Hall, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 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  - Elliott - Goodreads

Anthony Barrett has hands down created the best biography on the emperor Caligula with the evidence available. His scholarship is impeccable, his writing superb. Of special mention is his 'diagnosing ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Reading Barrett's biography, you get the impression that acquiring an accurate picture of the third emperor's life is a matter of pulling bits and pieces of truth out of a bunch of lying historians ... Read full review

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