He's mad, he's bad, meet Emperor Caligula!
Interesting and Disgusting Deeds
- Caligula forced mothers and fathers to go and watch their children being executed. Very sweet of him, right? If you got executed. you'd like your mom to be there, wouldn't you?
- Caligula had his head animal-keeper flogged with chains every day. Finally the man's leaking brains started to smell so Caligula executed him.
- Suetonius and Cassius Dio claimed that Caligula had sex with all three of his sisters. He also lent them as prostitutes to other men.
- Caligula had his cousin and adopted son Tiberius Gemellus executed in AD 37/38 for plotting against him during the time that Caligula was sick. This particular act outraged Antonia Minor, Caligula's and Gemellus's grandmother. It is believed she committed suicide, but Suetonius hints that Caligula had her poisoned.
- Cassius Dio criticized Caligula for killing people without full trials and forcing the Praetorian Prefect Naevius Sutorius Macro to commit suicide.
- Caligula had his cousin and possible rival Ptolemy of Mauretania in order to begin the annexation of Mauretania. Caligula died before this was complete, and the next emperor and Caligula's uncle Claudius finished it.
- Seneca the Younger accuses Caligula of having sex with others men's wives and later bragging about it, killing for his own amusement, and purposely wasting money on his floating bridge, causing people to starve.
- Once during an intermission at some gladiatorial games, Caligula ordered his soldiers to throw an entire section of the crowd to the animals waiting in the arena, because there were no available criminals to kill and he was bored.
- Caligula was very hairy, similar to a goat. So if he heard anyone say the word ''goat'', that person was executed.
- Caligula loved to dress up in various gods or famous people, shocking Roman people. Among some gods he dressed up as were Jupiter (silly but fine) and Venus (he dressed up in a jeweled dress for this one, shocking the Romans). He even stole Alexander the Great's armor from his grave in order to use it.
- Tiberius's soothsayer Thrasyllus of Mendes told Caligula that, ''you are as likely to become emperor as you are likely to ride across the Bay of Baiae without wetting the shoes of your horses.''. Once Caligula became emperor, he got his revenge by building a temporal floating bridge across the Bay of Baiae in AD 39. The bridge was made of boats connected by wooden planks. It stretched for two miles from the resort town of Baiae to the port of Puteoli. Caligula, wearing Alexander the Great's breastplate, rode Incitatus across it. It was said that Caligula built the bride to rival King Xerxes of Persia's bridge at Hellespont. But all that came at a cost. The boats owners (and hundreds of shopkeepers) lost plenty ofmoney because that bridge closed up the bay for a week.
- Caligula could not swim.
- Caligula liked to make his feasts funner by having somebody tortured as he dined. He once had a male slave who had stolen a strip of sliver from a couch brought in, and then had his hands chopped off. The hands were then tied around the slave's neck as Caligula had the man taken for a tour around the tables, with a sign telling what he did to deserve this kind of punishment.