Caligula

Caligula and his Sisters – Prof Kevin Butcher

Professor Kevin Butcher from the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick takes a closer look at coins from the ancient world and discovers new meanings and insight into the lives of emperors, nobles and ordinary people from this time in history. Professor Butcher examines a brass sestertius of Caligula which provides contemporary proof of the high regard the emperor had for his three sisters.

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Germanicus 15 B.C. – 19 A.D.

The father of Caligula, brother of Tiberius and stepson of Augustus, Germanicus held an enviable imperial pedigree. He was an able and loved general who had the rare Augustan traits of moderation and leadership without excess. Even though Augustus appointed Tiberius emperor he far preferred the qualities of Germanicus and left plans in place to ensure that he stayed in the limelight and perhaps succeed Tiberius. Unfortunately, his popularity grew to such an extent that Tiberius became jealous for he knew that it would take little arm-twisting from the part of Germanicus to mount a coup that would...

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Claudius I 41 – 54 A.D.

After the murder of Caligula, the Praetorian Guard had to come up with a worthy successor and fast lest the Senate step in and revert back to the pre-Julius Caesar type of Republic. The only relative of Caligula they could find was Claudius who was Caligula's uncle. An otherwise unfit man to rule, Claudius was a recluse of whom little was known about by design. Because he suffered physical deformities he was kept out of the limelight to avoid embarrassment. At the age of 46 he was unveiled to the public by his uncle Caligula and he held a position as Suffect Consul or "replacement" consul. But don't...

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Caligula 37 – 41 A.D.

Caligula's real name was Gaius Caesar but earned the nickname with which he is known by from the type of army boots he wore during childhood. One of the most enigmatic Roman emperors, the early part of his career had him start out as an ordinary and modest man. His granduncle Tiberius had wished Caligula along with Gemellus (Caligula's cousin) to be joint emperors. Instead, Caligula adopted him but never gave him any official role. At some point Caligula underwent a transformation, supposedly after an illness that transformed him into a maniacal and cruel person. As seen on the erotic movie of the same...

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Agrippina I

Mother of Caligula, wife of Germanicus. AE Sestertius (Posthumous) RIC 55 (Caligula), BMC 85 (Caligula), BN (Caligula) 128, C 1 Sestertius Obv: AGRIPPINAMFMATCCAESARISAVGVSTI - Draped bust right. Rev: SPQRMEMORIAEAGRIPPINAE - Carpentum pulled left by two mules. 37-41 (Rome).   RIC 102 (Claudius), BMC 219, C 3 Sestertius Obv: AGRIPPINAMFGERMANICICAESARIS - Draped bust right. Rev: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGGERMPMTRPIMPPP - Legend around large SC. c.50-54 (Rome). $982 3/20/04.  

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