Caligula: The Corruption of Power

Yale University Press, 1989 - 334 pages
Was the Roman emperor Caligula really the depraved despot of popular legend? In this book -- the first major reassessment of Caligula's life and career in over fifty. years -- Anthony A. Barrett draws on archaeological, numismatic, and literary evidence to evaluate this infamous figure in the context of the system that gave him absolute power.Authoritative ... highly readable. -- Bernard Knox, Atlantic MonthlyAn excellent study of the brief reign of Caligula....Barrett is a highly competent historian and clear writer, and the intrinsic interest of his subject is so great that the tougher kind of reader, as well as the scholar, will study this book with pleasure as well as with instruction. -- Hugh Lloyd-Jones, New York Review of BooksBarrett's Caligula fills a long-standing void in providing a balanced, thoroughly documented, and persuasive assessment of Caligula's life and career. This eminently readable book's value is further enhanced by the illustrations and by an appendix discussing Caligula's statuary and coinage. It will prove a welcome addition to the library of anyone with interests in Roman history and culture. -- Joseph J. Hughes, Classical WorldI do not think that any scholar interested in the Julio-Claudian period or any classics or ancient history library could be without this book. Very well written, it should also be popular with the general public. -- Colin M. Wells

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Avis d'utilisateur  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

The author blames the Romans themselves for the corruption of power since Caligula had little skill for governing and yet was appointed emperor through a series of mishaps. He argues that the typical ... Consulter l'avis complet

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So you've read Suetonius's kinky, gossipy accounts of the early Caesars and loved it but you want more meat, less gossip? Or maybe you want more of the same. Caligula's life will provide enough fodder ... Consulter l'avis complet

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