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Bust of Caligula

Caligula (Latin: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, AD 12 – AD 41) was the fifth Roman emperor, reigning from AD 37-41. Generally known as Caligula (little boots), he was one of the most hated emperors, and was killed by his own guards. Though historical accounts depict him as a brutal monster, engaging in horrendous and despicable behavior, the historical accounts originate from senators who despised the empirical system.

It is possible to detect a certain cynical sense of humor in Caligula's acts of madness and tyranny. For example, it is said that he raised his favorite horse Incitatus to the office of consul, the highest political office in Rome. This act could have been simply madness, but could also have simply been a way of putting the senate in its place.