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The Death of Caligula
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The Death of Caligula: Flavius Josephus

Abstract

The emperor Gaius (‘Caligula’) was assassinated in January AD 41. It seemed that the dynasty of the Caesars was over, and republican rule restored; but a military coup by the Praetorian Guard set up Gaius’ uncle Claudius as emperor. A detailed contemporary account of the plot and its aftermath was incorporated by the historian Josephus into his Antiquities of the Jews, as an example of the providence of God (if Gaius had lived, he would have desecrated the temple at Jerusalem). This book is a translation of that unjustly neglected narrative, one of the most important texts in Roman impe ... More

Keywords: Caligula, Gaius Caesar, Claudius, Assassination, Praetorian Guard, Palatine Hill, Cluvius Rufus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781846319648
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319648.001.0001