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house of Caligula
just read in the dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf" that the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera" reported that the house of Caligula on the Forum Romanum has been found. The house lay hidden beneath the house of Domitian. Walls and mosaics have been found so far.<br>
see this link (in dutch): [url=" target="top][/url] <p></p><i></i>
Jeroen Pelgrom
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I would rather have fire storms of atmospheres than this cruel descent from a thousand years of dreams.
Ah! At last the house of the Divine Gaius was found.<br>
I have a lot of sympathy for the guy. He had a sense of humour. A twisted, kind of weird sense of humour, but neverthless, a sense of humour.<br>
Considering the fact that he reigned only four years and that absolutely everybody knows him, including people who do not know anything else about Rome, a french historian wondered whether it was Caligula who needed a therapy, or us..<br>
Well, he made his horse a senator, so he did something right.. He also built a nice lighthouse on the Dutch coast!<br>
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I read someplace that the lighthouse you mentioned had a record of the names of every lighthouse keeper since Caligula built it. Or was that another Caligulean lighthouse? <p></p><i></i>
I didn't know about the lighthouse in Netherlands. The only one I knew of was the one at Gesoriacum, present day Boulogne sur Mer, built under Nero (?) and called la Tour d'Odre in the old days until it fell into the sea in 1644 with the cliff on which it had been built. <p></p><i></i>
and lest we forget that the lovely beach at the village of Katwijk (NL) is often mentioned as the seashell picking ground for the invasion of Britain, which went bust... so the divine GAIvS decided to bring to Rome the spoils of war.....<br>
a theory perhaps.. but they also have found two wine barrels made into a well, near Utrecht (NL) containing the Imperial wineries stamp of... who else but our favourite nutter... CALIGvLA!!!!!<br>
hehehehe whoopsieee!!!<br>
M.VIB.M. <p></p><i></i>
Was he a nutter? I've always thought that his most famous allegedly nutty actions showed a good sense of humour, as Antoninus Lucretius says above.<br>
For example, the horse thing. There's the emperor, trying to run the empire, and the Senate were a bunch of sycophantic toadies without an ounce of independence or backbone; so Caligula says "I might as well make my HORSE a consul as one of you chaps..."<br>
As for the army picking up sea shells and parading them through the streets of Rome in triumph; they had mutinied and refused to embark to invade Britain. So he made them pick up sea shells and then took them back to Rome and walked them through the streets for all the public to look at and think "What a bunch of cowards."<br>
No wonder the army killed him... <p></p><i></i>
Actually he wasn't killed by the army he was killed by a senatorial conspiracy. The hit man was a praetorian tribune named Cassius Chaerea. A brave man, but he happened to have a high pitched voice. That amused Caligula and each time he was going up the Palatine to receive the daily password from the emperor as was customary, Gaius would give passwords like "Kiss me soldier" and probaly worse that "Kiss me", I suspect..<br>
And poor Cassius would go around repeating the password... "Kiss me soldier".. And the soldiers, being soldiers, would heartily laugh about it and Cassius Chaerea would get aggravated..<br>
Until he got aggravated enough to be convinced by the conspirators to kill Caligula.<br>
Rule No 1: Do not aggravate a praetorian carrying a sword... <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=[email protected]narmytalk>Antoninus Lucretius</A> <IMG HEIGHT=10 WIDTH=10 SRC="http://localhost:1094/Homesteads/_1750094854/files/Cesar_triste.jpg" BORDER=0> at: 8/20/03 1:07 am<br></i>

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