Caligula & Nero: Rome's Worst Emperors
- Narrated by: Doron Alon
- Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 28-07-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Charles River Editors
In fact, the Romans were so taken aback by some of Caligula's behavior that historians catalogued some of his strangest antics. Suetonius wrote that as Caligula's relationship with the Senate deteriorated, he ordered that Incitatus be made a member of the Roman Senate and a Consul. Incitatus, Latin for "swift", was Caligula's favorite horse. But far from simply being a way to stick it to the Senate, Caligula invited guests to dine with Incitatus and had the horse's stables made of marble, suggesting Caligula was simply mentally unstable himself.
Nero ranks among the very worst of the Caesars, alongside the likes of mad Caligula, slothful Commodus, and paranoid Domitian, a figure so hated that, in many ancient Christian traditions, he is literally considered the Antichrist. According to a notable Biblical scholar, the coming of the Beast and the number 666 in the Book of Revelation are references to Nero. He was the man who famously "fiddled while Rome burned", an inveterate lecher, a murderous tyrant who showed little compunction in murdering his mother and who liked to use Christian martyrs as a source of illumination at night by burning them alive.
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By Amanda Gardiner on 11-01-18
An excellent primer
This was a good primer, but personally I would’ve liked more meat. These two characters were absolutely crazy to read about and I found myself shocked how fast the book went by. I would’ve liked to of heard a bit more expression and inflection on the part of the reader as well.
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