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The Death of CaligulaFlavius Josephus$
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Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319648

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319648.001.0001

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The Assassination

The Assassination

(p.12) III The Assassination
The Death of Caligula

T. P. Wiseman

Liverpool University Press

Sections 70-113 of the translation: Josephus narrates the conspirators’ procrastination, and their resolve to act on the last day of the ‘Palatine Games’ in honour of Augustus, which took place in an ad hoc theatre in front of the imperial residence. Gaius leaves the theatre for lunch, but does not go with the rest of his party; he turns off down an empty alleyway to inspect some choirboys, and is intercepted and killed by Chaerea and his colleagues.

Keywords:   Caligula, Gaius Caesar, Cassius Chaerea, Palatine Games, Temporary theatre

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