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Caligula - Presented by Mary Beard - As Seen on BBC2 DVD


Two thousand years ago one of history's most notorious individuals was born. Historian Mary Beard embarks on an investigative journey to explore the life and times of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus better known to us as Caligula. Known as Romes most capricious tyrant he was said to have made his horse a consul proclaimed himself a living God and indulged in scandalous orgies and thats before building vast bridges across land and sea prostituting senators wives and killing half the Roman elite on a whim. All that in just four short years in power before a violent and speedy assassination at just 28 years old. Mary explores the real Caligula in an array of unexpected places. From Germany to Capri from Rome to Lake Nemi she exposes and analyses historical accounts and assembles tantalising fragments of evidence. Mary reveals an astonishing story of murder intrigue and dynastic family power. Above all shell explain why Caligula has ended up with such a reputation and in the process reveal a more intriguing portrait of not just the monster but the man.

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  • 30 September 2013
  • Mary Beard
  • DVD
  • IMC Vision
  • E
  • 60 minutes
  • PAL

Professor Mary Beard presents this historical documentary about Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, who is more commonly known as Caligula. After only four years in power Caligula was assassinated while still just a young man. Mary investigates whether there is any truth behind the stories told of the emperor's tyrannical and scandalous behaviour which gave him such a bad reputation.

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