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Caligula (Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History) Paperback – 2 Dec 2004
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Wilkinson tackles the world of academia head on as he combines delicate historical detail with high art rigour. He writes with zeal and candour, artfully lulling us into his grasp before bringing us face to face with the quirks and whims of this controversial emperor. Wilkinson is a surprise package, much like Leeds United in their infamous champions league campaign; an author who i will indeed be looking out for in the future as I plant a joyful kiss goodbye on the dusty, faded, grey covers of those cumbersome historical journals that populate our decaying libraries.
I bought it.
While I can perhaps agree with the basic premise of the work - that Caligula was influenced by his early experiences in the east and did not approach his rulership in a manner in keeping with Roman traditions, I found that the author tends to use this to explain every action by the later emperor, which while I can appreciate that is his theory, seems a little too simplistic to me.
Caligula was only in the East from 16-19AD (when he would have been aged 4-7) which hardly seem like enough time to me to develop lifelong approaches to power based on the myriad of cultures he would have experienced over the period.
Finally there are some typos and factual problems that should have been picked up in editing (for example the author mentions Caligula spending several years in Egypt when in fact his father Germanicus visited there once a sight-seeing trip in 18AD and died the next year - hardly enough time for a young boy to decide that the Ptolemies got it right and screwing your sisters was the right way for monarchs to behave).
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The author is trying to explain away Caligula's excesses and madness, but doesn't really succeed. Valiant attempts to rationalize the young emperor's exploits and erratic... Read morePublished on 15 May 2014 by Mr Dust
I found this book very disappointing. The author has tried to turn history on its head by looking at one aspect of Caligulas life and making him out to be victimised by those he... Read morePublished on 10 July 2009 by Mr. Pj Bishop
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