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 (kə-lĭg′yə-lə) Originally Gaius Claudius Caesar Germanicus. ad 12-41.
Emperor of Rome (37-41) who succeeded his adoptive father, Tiberius. After a severe illness, he displayed the ruthlessness, extravagance, and megalomania that led to his assassination.


(Biography) original name Gaius Caesar, son of Germanicus. 12–41 ad, Roman emperor (37–41), noted for his cruelty and tyranny; assassinated


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(Gaius Caesar), A.D. 12–41, emperor of Rome 37–41.
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Noun1.Caligula - Roman Emperor who succeeded Tiberius and whose uncontrolled passions resulted in manifest insanityCaligula - Roman Emperor who succeeded Tiberius and whose uncontrolled passions resulted in manifest insanity; noted for his cruelty and tyranny; was assassinated (12-41)


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I had read Goldsmith's History of Rome, and had formed my opinion of Nero, Caligula, &c.
Thus a Trajan and an Antoninus, a Nero and a Caligula, have all met with the belief of posterity; and no one doubts but that men so very good, and so very bad, were once the masters of mankind.
There were Cain and Nimrod, and Nero, and Caligula, and Dionysius, and Pisistratus, and - and a thousand others, who never knew what it was to have a soul during the latter part of their lives; yet, sir, these men adorned society.
Upon some of these Bon-Bon caught a glimpse of the letters Machi - Maza- Robesp - with the words Caligula, George, Elizabeth.
Rome was doubtless a very amusing place in the days of Caligula, but it has sadly fallen off since.
By the Agrippina of the play Drusus was mother of the three boys of the play, Nero (not the Emperor), Drusus Junior, and Caligula (later Emperor).
More fortunate than Caligula, who wished that the Roman Senate had only one head for the better satisfaction of his cruel lust, he beheld in that one man all the forces he had set at defiance: the force of law, property, oppression, and injustice.
AD41: The mad Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated.
Caligula, whose real name was Gaius Julius Caesar, was emperor between AD 37 and AD 41.
With a cast of 13 actors, Caligula has already seen much success in Athens and Thessaloniki, and now it is time for the audience in Nicosia and Limassol to enjoy this performance with original music by Blaine Reininger.
When Caligula became Roman emperor in AD 37, the people rejoiced.
Aunque estrenada hasta 1945, Camus empezo la escritura de su neuralgico drama Caligula en 1937, cuando los preambulos de la segunda gran contienda recrudecian sin amparo el estado animico tras la corriente existencialista de entreguerras.