A Summary On Gaius Julius Caesar Essay

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Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (referred to hereafter as ‘Caligula’), was born on August 31st, 12 in Antium, Italy. He became the 4th Emperor of the Roman Empire in 37, and was killed in 41. He reigned for just 3 years and 10 months (Bio.com ). He came to power when his predecessor Tiberius died, mainly because the primary heir was to young. Caligula’s father, Germanicus’ reputation gave Caligula excellent public approval at first, and was unanimously appointed to Emperor by the Senate. He was killed by several members of the Praetorian Guard due to his corruption, and was succeeded by his uncle, Claudius
This essay is an analyzation of the biography of Gaius Caligula, written by the ancient historian Suetonius. Suetonius was most likely born in the year 70, and began work on The Twelve Caesars, which this biography is a part of, in 122 (Rives, 2007). I will first discuss some historical background on Caligula, and discuss what he is known for, then I will discuss Suetonius’ biography as a summary, and what it means, then I will discuss why this biography is important in understanding Roman history, and finally, I will compare Suetonius biography to Nagle’s description, and analyze the two.
The most important thing that Caligula was known for was his incredible corruption. He was erratic, and treated people poorly to say the least. Suetonius spends the better part of the biography discussing this, and a more detailed summary can be found in the next section. Another…

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