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Caligula

3rd Roman Emperor Caligula

Full Name: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Profession: 3rd Roman Emperor

Nationality: Roman

Why Famous: His reputation is of a tyrant revelling in cruelty, extravagance and sexual perversity. Caligula means 'little boots', a childhood name affectionately given to him by his guards.

Born: August 31, 12
Birthplace: Anzio, Italy
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: January 24, 41 (aged 28)
Cause of Death: Assassination

Events in the Life of Caligula

  • 0037-03-18 Roman Senate annuls Tiberius' will and proclaims Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (aka Caligula = Little Boots) emperor
  • 0037-03-28 Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula (which means "little soldier's boots), accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate
  • 0041-01-24 Claudius succeeds his nephew Caligula as Roman Emperor after the later's assassination by officers of the Praetorian Guard

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