The infamous Roman emperor Caligula, was a significant member of the Julio Claudian dynasty. He was the son of a very popular Roman general, Germanicus. Apart from that, his mother was the granddaughter of Augustus Caesar. He was termed as the craziest emperor in his era. This was just a brief info about the Roman Emperor, Caligula. In this article, we’ll discuss some secret yet interesting facts about Caligula and his life.
Caligula Was Just A Nickname
The real name of this emperor was Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus. He was the third son of the famous Roman general, Germanicus. When he was quite young, Germanicus brought his third son to a military event. He wore a uniform that was similar to military clothes. Even his boots were the perfect replica of military shoes. The juniors of Germanicus called the General’s son ‘little boots’ or ‘Caligula.’ From the next day itself, Caligula became quite popular and only a few individuals know the real name. This nickname was followed until his death, and the actual name was never considered.
Roman Empire Was Happy With Caligula For The First Few Months
In 37 AD, he finally became the third Emperor of Rome. He was quite young and energetic when he took the charge of Rome. The Rome Empire was happy with its new emperor during the initial days. The Rome individuals widely welcomed the 25-year old emperor. Apart from that, the Roman population was happy after the defeat of Tiberius’ rule. He started getting popular because his father was a superior Roman general in his era. Romans started claiming Caligula as their star and savior. During the initial months, he started rewarding the soldiers with bonuses. According to history, the first few months of Caligula’s empire was blissful.
He Was Also Popular For His Sadist Nature
He started deriving pleasure by humiliating others, especially the prisoners. Caligula introduced certain laws for the jailers which states how to kill the prisoners slowly and dreadfully. He often uses to enjoy when jailers use to cut the body parts of the prisoners. Sometimes he even used to enjoy his meal, watching the prisoners crying and begging for their lives. Even the prisoners’ families were also forced to have food and watch their loved ones crying in front of them. Apart from all this, there are various facts that give a clear idea about Caligula’s madness and scandalous life. He was even having an abusive relationship with his sister Julia Drusilla. Apart from all this, he also appointed his loving horse Incitatus as the consul of the Roman empire. He also asked his fourth wife to parade naked in front of his friends.
He was undoubtedly famous for his insanity and cruelty acts.