Little did the popular Germanicus realize that his son Caligula would be the most depraved monster to occupy the imperial throne. His own troops nicknamed the boy Caligula which means "Baby-boots". He appeared to be a good emperor at the start, but he was absolutely corrupt, utterly immoral, and he committed incest with his own sisters. He dealt severely with his senators, humiliating them publicly. He was a complete psychopath thinking he was a god. The Emperor Caligula threatened to set up a statue of himself in the Temple in Jerusalem. He was assassinated at his palace in 41 A.D.
Caligula Busts and Statues
|1. Bust of Gaius Caligula
Caligula is the adopted son of Tiberius. He is wearing a beard as a sign of mourning for the death of his sister Drusilla. This marble bust was sculpted and found in Thrace. It's on display at the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
This marble bust of the Emperor Caligula was discovered in Thrace. The expression portrays him as innocent and kind, yet history describes him as cruel, insane, and practiced incest and homosexuality. The bust is on display at the Louvre Museum in France.
This bust portrays Caligula as manly and very distinguished. Caligula was described as an Emperor who acquired what he lusted for, other men's wives, and even his own sister. He would lust for pretty women and discard them quickly. One of his many homosexual affairs was with a notable Greek actor. This bust is located at the Houston Museum of Natural Science .
Sculpture of Caligula
The Emperor Caligula only reigned for 3 years and 4 months. According to ancient sources his cruelness and insanity brought about his downfall. This sculpture depicts another side of him, a a gentle yet fierce leader with the tendency to get mad easily.
Polychromy of Caligula
He was one of Rome's worst Emperors. Using samples from the pigment from an ancient statue of Caligula this likeness was created. This one is a reconstruction of the original polychromy. Exhibited at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, on a loan from the Glyptotek in Munich.
|1. Caligula Coin|
|2. Caligula Gold Copper Coin
|3. Caligula's 3 Sisters
Caligula and Germanicus
|5. Imperial Coin of Caligula|
|6. Coin of Caligula and Augustus|
Sestertius of Caligula