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By Simon Turney

Caligula: loving brother, reluctant ruler and tortured soul.

The six teenagers of Germanicus are cursed from beginning. Father: believed poisoned by means of the Emperor Tiberius over the imperial succession. mom and brothers arrested and starved to demise through Tiberius. One sister married off to an abusive husband. simply 3 are left: Caligula, in line for the imperial throne, and his sisters, Drusilla and Livilla, who tells us this story.

The ascent in their relations into the imperial dynasty forces Caligula to alter from the fun-loving boy Livilla knew right into a wise, cautious and calculating younger guy. Tiberius's unexpected dying permits Caligula to manhandle his approach to strength. With the bloodthirsty tyrant lifeless, it's going to be a golden age in Rome and, for some time, it really is. yet Caligula suffers emotional blow after emotional blow as political allies, acquaintances, and eventually kinfolk betray him and try to overthrow him, via poison, by way of the knife, whatsoever possible.

Little by means of little, Caligula turns into a sour, envious and vengeful Emperor, each shred of the boy he was once eroded. As Caligula loses contact with truth, there's just one factor to be performed sooner than Rome is modified irrevocably. . .

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